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

Dear @Nick_Clegg: Don’t play politics with mental health

by Huma Munshi Dear Nick Clegg, Last week you gave a speech pledging “to give people with mental health conditions the support they need”. As I heard this, I was struck by your shameless audacity, to play politics with mental health. Let me tell you why your comments particularly jar. I have been a recipient… Read More

The Paradox of Bedlam – Can Entertainment Really Help to Tackle Stigma?

by Huma Munshi Channel 4 launched its documentary series Bedlam recently to share the stories of people who experience significant mental health problems. I watched with interest, as someone who both experiences a number of the issues outlined and who accesses services from the South London and Maudsley. Often our stories are sensationalised with headlines,… Read More

Depression doesn’t discriminate

by Glen Chisholm Depression doesn’t discriminate it can affect anyone of any race, age, class or background. In fact 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem over the course of a year. Suicide is the most common cause of death in men under 35 years old but Depression is… Read More