Life in prison: Alan Rusbridger talks to Dr Sohom Das

Former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger meets Dr Sohom Das, a consultant forensic psychiatrist. His job is to assess, treat and rehabilitate mentally ill offenders.  Dr Sohom discusses the effect that a life behind bars has upon the mind, tells Alan about the times when he has made a difference, and talks about the challenges of […]

How we care for vulnerable people

I grew up on the edge of London, close to several large mental hospitals. My father was a psychiatric social worker for a time, and he grimly remarked that the Victorians had placed the institutions out of the city to keep the residents out of sight. There’s been a sea change in our attitudes to […]

Optimism

Thought For the Day, BBC Radio 4, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner – 28/08/2019 It turns out that optimism is good for our health. A new study shows optimists can cope better with stress and so are more likely to live longer. The epitome of British optimism is our summer music festivals which a quarter of adults […]

Tim Waterstone on Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4 Tim discusses his difficult relationship with his parents and how this has affected his life.

Tim Waterstone on Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4 Tim discusses his difficult relationship with his parents and how this has affected his life.

Sir Tim Waterstone is the founder of the bookshop chain that bears his name. Born in May 1939, he was the youngest of three children. His father, who worked for a tea company all his life, served in the Royal Army Service Corps during the war, and so was absent when Tim was very young. […]

Thought For the Day: Rev Dr Giles Fraser, 30th July 2019

Thought For the Day: Rev Dr Giles Fraser, 30th July 2019

In this fascinating exploration of meaning of reality. Rev Fraser discusses Philip K. Dick and the film based on his work “Blade Runner”. Fraser acknowledges the importance of Dick’s visions, the intersection with madness and the ultimate clarity of his understanding of the underpinning distopian realities of the modern world. You can listen to it […]

D for Diagnosis: Ever Changing Labels

D for Diagnosis: Ever Changing Labels

Treatment for most mental health problems is designed for the “unicorns”; people who have just one clear-cut diagnosis. But in reality, many people experience more than one problem and their symptoms can be shared across different formal diagnostic categories. The true picture is one of cross-cutting, porous diagnostic boundaries. In this third and final programme […]

D for Diagnosis: What's in a Label?

D for Diagnosis: What’s in a Label?

In this second programme in the series, Claudia considers the value and the accuracy of diagnoses in mental health. Unlike a broken wrist, diabetes or anaemia, where you can be fairly hopeful that the testing makes the diagnosis watertight, there is not a single x-ray, blood test or biopsy that can give a definitive diagnosis […]

Trieste’s mental health ‘revolution’

Trieste’s mental health ‘revolution’

Each year, mental health practitioners from around the world visit Trieste in Italy to see what they can learn from the city’s approach to mental illness. In 1978, Trieste led a ‘revolution’ in Italian mental health care by closing its asylums and ending the restraint of patients. Today the city is designated as a ‘collaboration […]

What's in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Neurasthenia and homosexuality were both once classified as mental illness. D for Diagnosis (BBC Radio 4) reports on ever-changing labels and considers how today’s diagnoses will be seen in the future. Ever since the 17th Century philosopher Rene Descartes introduced the concept of dualism; the idea that our psyche or minds are separate from our […]

Augustin Lesage

Augustin Lesage

Augustin Lesage was a French coal miner who became painter and artist through the help of what he considered to be spirit voices. He was untrained and is considered an outsider artist, part of Art Brut. Augustin was born in 1876 in Saint-Pierre-les-Auchel (Pas-de-Calais) and died in 1954. In 1911, when he was 35 years […]

“It is all about making mental health support more accessible for younger people.

“It is all about making mental health support more accessible for younger people.

They offer a casual coffee shop atmosphere for people to meet up and just socialize while at the same time having help on hand for anyone with mental health problems. “It is all about making mental health support more accessible for younger people. We want to make it easy to come here. This can be […]

Jane Fisher explores the value of Celtic traditions in improving our meotional and mental health

Echoes From The Past: Improving Mental Health With Celtic Wisdom

Even though 1 in 4 people will experience emotional distress this year, the total number of friends and family affected is far greater. As doctors and other healthcare professionals continue to provide mostly medicine and treatment, some people are choosing to seek healing help from the ancient Celts, just as they have for thousands of years. While […]

Research finds women who have been abused by partner are three times more likely to suffer mental ill health

Women who have been abused by a partner are three times more likely to suffer depression, anxiety or severe conditions such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder than other women, according to research. The study is one of the first in the UK to probe the relationship between domestic abuse and mental health. It found that […]

Could Getting a Dog Help You Get Back to Work After Experiencing Anxiety?

Could Getting a Dog Help You Get Back to Work After Experiencing Anxiety?

Dogs can provide emotional support while away from home Jane Fisher discusses the therapeutic benefits of the companionship of dogs. In the United Kingdom, it was reported that 300,000 people who experience long-term mental health diagnoses lose their jobs every year. Often times, experiences such as hearing voices or having panic attacks make it impossible to return to work […]

The Future of HVN Cymru

The Future of HVN Cymru

Hearing Voices Network Cymru was launched in 2001 at the ‘Mind Cymru’ conference in Llandrindod Wells. Since then, for the last eighteen years, Hearing Voices Network Cymru has been supported by Hywel Davies.  In honour of his commitment and determination to spread the hearing voices approach we discussed how to ensure the sustainability and future […]

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