Why Theresa May’s announcement on mental health isn’t good enough

by Cameron De Chi  Fuelled by a desire to achieve her vision of the “Shared Society,” Theresa May has promised what the BBC optimistically calls “mental health reform”, focusing specifically on young people and people in the workplace. This amounts to offering “mental health first aid training” to teachers, setting aside £15m for “community care”,… Read More

The mental health system fails the most vulnerable women in our society

Despite the rhetoric, this government continues to fail the most vulnerable women in our society. by Sonia Adesara The first patient I met whilst working in an psychiatric hospital was a young mother of 2. She was over 50 miles away from her family home, a 2 hour journey for her husband to come and… Read More

The Importance of Conversations and Community

by Jendella Benson I didn’t realise I had postnatal depression until I wrote about it. And even then I didn’t accept it fully until other mothers read what I had written and told me, “I had postnatal depression too!” I’d been diagnosed with depression and anxiety before, and had spoken about it and my experience… Read More

Still Barred: Reflections on a Black woman’s trauma and mental health

by Guilaine Kinouani  ‘Each episode of depression I have experienced, I have experienced because of the struggles I have faced in my life as a Black woman’. Those were the words spoken by a fellow panellist who went on to share her personal testimony of distress, as part of the discussion which followed the reading… Read More

Closure of Mental Health Services for LGBT+ People Due to Austerity Is Devastating

PACE’s Closure: The Loss of a Lifeline by Anonymous And just like that it was gone. After providing mental health support services to LGBT+ people for more than three decades, the charity PACE closed its doors on 29 January 2016 due to lack of funding. I heard the news a day after I’d sent an… Read More

There’s a race problem in our mental health services

by Maya Goodfellow  On 7th November 2014, Faiza Ahmed told staff at the job centre that she was three days late to sign on because she had been trying to commit suicide. Then she went home and rang the ambulance service. Police and an ambulance crew paid her a home visit and decided she wasn’t… Read More

Why My Son Needs Feminism

by Jendella Benson Once upon a time I seriously considered not having children. “Why bring an innocent life into this world of tragedy and pain?” I reasoned. Now, as a mother-to-be, the thought of what this world has to offer my child still scares me, and yet the thought of what my child has to… Read More

The Bastardization of Mental Illness

by Maira Butt The killer in the recent Charleston shootings is already having his horrific racist actions deconstructed under the guise of mental health problems. Already, his case is being treated as nuanced and complex, his history, upbringing, personality and background are being dealt with gently, with a judge even sympathising with his family for… Read More

The language of distress: Black women’s mental health and invisibility

by Guilaine Kinouani I felt privileged to read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful words on depression. The piece, reportedly published in error, has now been removed. The courage and honesty it took for her to come forward and describe her experience with such intimate detail was truly moving. To a large degree, I was not surprised… Read More