Tensions in Mental Health Care in China: An Interview with Zhiying Ma

MIA’s Rebecca Troeger interviews medical anthropologist Zhiying Ma about mental health care in China today, including involuntary hospitalization, tensions between Western psychiatry and more holistic and socially-oriented local frameworks, and opportunities to rethink paradigms of care. This piece was first published by...

UN Expert Calls for Major Shift in Suicide Prevention Efforts on World Mental Health Day

This piece was first published on Mad in America on October 10, 2019 and can be accessed here. Suicide prevention should not be addressed by increased prescription of medication, says Dainius Pūras, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health. In...

COUNTRY REPORT: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka signed the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2016. The Sri Lankan OPDs (Organizations of Persons with Disabilities) have since risen to the occasion with strong advocacy for implementation of laws and policies. However, the right to non-discrimination...

IN PICTURES: Indonesian Mental Health Association Investigation in Central Sulawesi.

This piece, written by Yeni Rosa Damayanti of the Indonesian Mental Health Association, explores the condition of people with psychosocial disability who live in confinement or shackling, during and post disasters in Central Sulawesi. The protection of those...

Disability and Decolonial Studies Disrupt the Medical Model

This piece has been written by Zenobia Morrill and was first published on Mad in America on August 16, 2019 and can be accessed here. A new paper challenges concepts used in the mental health field that view people through...

Learning a Different Way: An Interview with Maori Psychiatrist Diana Kopua

This piece has been written by Dr. Ayurdhi Dar, and was first published on Mad in America on July 18, 2019 and can be accessed here. Diana Kopua’s life resembles the stories she uses in...

New report published by the UN Special rapporteur on health says relationships and social justice are main determinants of mental health

On the 24th of June, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Dr. Dainius Pūras, presented a report examining the multiple ways in which human rights intersect with the determinants of mental health and well-being. The report argues that policy...

Supporting a Collective and Unified Response towards the International Mental Health Week 2018

From the TCI Asia Desk#WhatWENeed is Full CRPD Compliance — A Campaign Report for the campaign period October-December’18  Transforming Communities for Inclusion Asia Pacific, a regional DPO in the Asia Pacific region, in partnership with IDA, has, since 2014, been advocating for...

“Let’s Not Go Overboard About ECT”

By Peter Breggin, MD This post was first published on Mad in America on March 3, 2019 and can be accessed here. In an internet email discussion among a large group of supposedly enlightened mental health...

An Alternative Review Of The Mental Health Act: Mad in the UK

Today Mad in the UK published a coverage of the Mental Health Act and alternative reports surrounding it. The following was first published in Mad in the UK and can be accessed here:  *** MEDIA RELEASE: Hearing Voices Network England 6.12.2018 A RALLYING CALL TO MAKE BOLD AND AMBITIOUS...