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 […]

Mental Health Minute 2019: Heads Together

Mental Health Minute 2019: Heads Together

At 10:59 this morning Mental Health Awareness Week kicked off as over 300 radio stations in the UK came together to play the same message about the importance of listening. Featuring The Duke of Cambridge, Stephen Fry, Katy Perry, Jameela Jamil & Alesha Dixon, the message was all about the importance of listening. Find out […]

The Role of Early Experiences in Hearing Voices

The Role of Early Experiences in Hearing Voices

Help us understand the relationship between early childhood experience and hearing voices Do you want to join this study? Studies show that 10% of the population hears voices at some point in their lives. Based on research we know that voices are often related with (negative) life experiences. Furthermore, there is some evidence that the actual content […]

Sleep After Trauma: How traumatic events impact sleep and well-being

Sleep After Trauma: How traumatic events impact sleep and well-being

This article has been reproduced with the kind permission of Mattress Advisor. You can find the original article here. To better understand the relationship between traumatic events and sleep, we surveyed over 1,000 people who reported experiencing a traumatic life event that negatively impacted their sleep. Seeing as the definition of trauma is very broad, we […]

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