Category Archives: History of mental health

This is what a mental patient looks like

Yesterday I spent a while with a group of service users and their supporters hanging around the gates of Thorpe Park. Only Katie Sutton, initiator of the online petition “Thorpe Park – close down the stigma”, was allowed on the … Continue reading

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Dear Thorpe Park: re shockingly insensitive “Asylum” event

Dear Guest Services, I understand that you plan to plan to run a Fright NIght event entitled “The Asylum.” Your website promises “a chaotic environment of noise, light and like action” where guests must “watch [their] back as [they] encounter … Continue reading

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Guest post: Some history of bipolar disorder in the UK (part 2)

I am very pleased to introduce the second part of this wonderful guest post reflecting on how professionals understood and responded to bipolar (or manic depression) in the mid-20th century. I met many others who had this same label of … Continue reading

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Guest post: Some history of bipolar disorder in the UK (part 1)

This week I am delighted to introduce a guest post, part one of a two part series of reflections on how professionals understood and responded to bipolar (or manic depression) in the mid-20th century. This piece is © Anne Wade. When … Continue reading

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