Category Archives: Stigma and discrimination

A more accepting age? Why stigma is nowhere near a thing of the past

STIGMA fig. A mark of disgrace or infamy; a sign of severe censure or condemnation, regarded as impressed on a person or thing; a ‘brand’. Example: 1882   J. H. Blunt Reformation Church of Eng. II. 172   Branded with the stigma … Continue reading

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Jagged little pill: has the recovery narrative gone too far?

I feel that in writing this post, which has been brewing for a long time, I am saying something that some might see as controversial. So let me start by making something clear. This post is not intended to criticise … Continue reading

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The Adjustment Bureau model of psychiatry? No thanks

Lately this blog feels more like a diary than anything else. This is partly because I’m not doing much work or activism (although I guess meeting with the Secretary of State for Health and 11 other people with lived experience … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: Awakening

Hello, Golden Ink again. Been dithering on writing this post but wanted to follow up my last post. Winter was difficult, I had to fight to get seen by doctors when I was feeling my lowest but eventually I was … Continue reading

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The medium is the message: delivering Mental Health First Aid training

Over the past couple of months I have devoted considerable time to becoming a trained Mental Health First Aid instructor. It’s something my friend Jon Bartlett (@Projectlibero) and I decided to take on together, and I’m proud to say that … Continue reading

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Can robots ever replace psychiatrists?

Last week I was lucky enough to be on a panel for a Medfest event. Medfest is a medical film festival hosted at medical schools all around the country during February and March. Audiences at each event see the same … Continue reading

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Guest post: The long journey ahead

Today my friend Golden Ink, who has supported me so much in recent months, shares her fears about her mental health and the conclusions emerging as 2013 nears its end. It’s coming up to Christmas and I’d like to ask … Continue reading

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When we don’t know what we don’t know: the “forced C-section” case

A heavily pregnant woman with bipolar – let’s call her A – is sectioned after a panic attack. Social workers, unable to wait until the child is born, demand that it be delivered early, ready to snatch it the moment … Continue reading

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A Mind Media Award winner – thanks to you

This is a  quick post just to say a huge thank you to anyone who nominated this blog for the Mark Hanson digital media award at the 2013 Mind Media Awards. When the email came to say I’d been shortlisted … Continue reading

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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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