Friday, January 24, 2020

Many students in Pakistan continue to hide behind their mental health labels – it is time to destigmatize them

I sat by the window in an empty classroom on a cold winter morning. Outside, children arranged in lines for the morning assembly. I didn’t want to be a part of the crowd, so I stayed back. As students shuffled back into their classrooms, the empty...

Theatre of the Oppressed as a tool for Mental Health Advocacy

The theatre of the oppressed is a kind of theatre where the members of an audience participate onstage and take an active part in the drama. This form of theatre has a facilitator (the ‘joker’) who leads volunteers to create plays around...

Responding to Workplace Mistreatment and Bullying

man fighting with big hand
This piece has been written by Will Hall and was first published by Mad in America on October 31, 2019 and can be accessed here. Mainstream mental health approaches and psychiatry tend to create an us vs. them wall where...

Peter Kinderman – Why We Need a Revolution in Mental Health Care

Prof. Peter Kinderman
This piece has been written by James Moore and was first published by Mad in the UK on September 28, 2019 and can be accessed here. This week on MIA Radio, we chat with Professor Peter Kinderman. Peter is Professor of...

Survey for Voice Hearers

Editor's Note: We were contacted by Lorna Hogg from the UK who is looking for this information from voice hearing people, from all over the world. Do consider taking part! VIPS: Voice hearers’ Identity: Personal and SocialIf you hear...

On Recovery: Scaling the Wall of Fear

This piece has been written by Will Mather and was first published by Mad in America on January 2, 2020. It can be accessed here. In 2001, after suffering from malaria in Africa, I had my first nervous breakdown...

Queer Rights, Mental Health and Intersections: In Conversation with Sadam Hanjabam

Jhilmil Breckenridge of Mad in Asia Pacific speaks to Sadam Hanjabam of Ya_All about queer rights, Manipur, mental health and why these intersections matter. Sadam Hanjabam is the founder of the first registered youth and queer led-focused organization called...

The Gift of Unknowing: Why Heterogeneous Narratives are Important

Author’s Note: I draw from an idea put forth by Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who speaks of the dangers of a single story. In short, she warns us of the repercussions of showing a group of people repeatedly as one thing. She says that doing...

When you’re very, very tired, you can’t throw your tired away

Description: In a room with yellow walls, a young person with short hair wearing a sleeveless white top sits at a desk and types on their laptop. Plants grow outside windows.
This essay is written by Urvashi Bahuguna and was originally published on Skin Stories here. ‘Why do I always hear you saying you’re tired?’ asks my mother. Trace the word tired back to its roots and you will discover it...