Depression and Anxiety arrive for a visit

One writer paints a picture of her struggle with mental health Read More

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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

The Political Case for Caring Inside the Academy

by Aliya Yule Academic institutions are not built for caring. My university is built for a class of men with money and time to spend reading, writing, and thinking. It is built from the profits of slavery, with statues celebrating famous colonialists adorning almost every building. With the creeping marketisation of education there is even… 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

The Courage of Zayn Malik and Why Strong Men Cry

by Huma Munshi   On the face of it Zayn Malik leaving One Direction shouldn’t really resonate. At 34 years old, I am past fawning over boy bands. Even when I should have been gripped by Take That fever, I had a lot more affinity with the music of old codgers like Bob Dylan and Leonard… Read More

Loneliness, anger and learning to let go

By Huma Munshi I find summers a difficult time. Most people struggle in the winter with Seasonal Affective Disorder but, for me, it is the summer. It could be because three summers ago my mental health deteriorated quite seriously and, for the first time in my life, I was unable to take care of myself. I… Read More

Orgasms, Virginity and My Mad Fat Diary

 by Huma Munshi Trigger warning for one description of self-harm Madness is but a sleight of hand The line is so faint It is mere good fortune That today I write Today I accomplish Tomorrow I may crumble Into smithereens[1] Rae in My Mad Fat Diary has a new boyfriend and he is helping her… Read More