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Facing psychological coercion and manipulation has become a daily part of claiming benefits

Felicity Callard, Durham University and Robert Stearn, Birkbeck, University of London Curing unemployment is a growth market for psychologists. Job Centres are becoming medical centres, claimants are becoming patients, and … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Turn illness into weapon: Mental distress from a Socialist perspective Bruce Scott

This article was written as a response (partly) to an article that came to my attention that was posted on the Common Space website[1] concerning “mental health”[2]. It is laudable … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Recovery In The Bin

This User Led group is for MH survivors and supporters who are fed up with the way colonised ‘recovery’ is being used to discipline and control those who are trying … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

Middle Class Solutions To Working Class Problems Is Why Charities Like MIND Keep Getting It So Wrong

Originally posted by johnny void 13th February 2015 Iain Duncan Smith must be pissing himself.  A report released at the end of last year by mental health charity MIND could not have gone … Continue reading

March 5, 2015

There it is – poem by Jayne Cortez

THERE IT IS And if we don’t fight if we don’t resist if we don’t organize and unify and get the power to control our own lives Then we will … Continue reading

February 13, 2015

What’s wrong with psychiatry and how we might change things

British psychologist Gary Sidley and US reforming psychiatrist Peter Breggin discuss Gary’s journey of disillusionment with the NHS “mental health” establishment, and then freely indulge their thoughts and fantasies about what an … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Happiness and the capture of subjectivity

The Happiness Movement and the capture of subjectivity I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. ~ J.D. Salinger              
 In … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mental Health Charter – the Social Work Action Network

A Charter for Mental Health Mental health services have reached a crisis point. The problems are so acute that even the government itself has been forced to acknowledge them. In … Continue reading

November 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Group Analysis Therapy – a therapy for our time?

Much of what we know about groups and the power of group therapy we can ascribe to the pioneering work of W.R Bion and S.H Foulkes, during and after the … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Replacing mental health diagnosis with understanding real people and the difficulties of everyday life

Eric Maisel writes: And who isn’t in the middle of calamity? Forget about world wars. What is it like for the quarter million women diagnosed with breast cancer each year … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tim Kasser: The high price of materialism on the quality of our lives – animated!!

US psychologist Tim Kasser’s animated talk about how identifying ourselves so much with materialistic values undermines satisfaction in our lives, and some things we might do about it!  

May 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Where in the world does poetry belong? Rogan Wolf

By roganwolf April 7th, 2014 @ 3:38 pm I run a project called “Poems for…” It  offers poem-posters free of charge for public display. Many of the poems are bilingual, with over … Continue reading

May 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

David Harvey – illustrating the crises of neo-liberalism

April 15, 2014

The sorry state of NHS provision of psychological therapy.

Healthcare Today carried the following headline at the end of January – “Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show fewer than 6% of referrals made under … Continue reading

March 9, 2014

Sage Community Arts Gallery

Thanks to Sage Community Arts for sharing with us a gallery of their work to help bring the website to life. The gallery can be accessed in the right-hand column … Continue reading

February 28, 2014