Sept 23: Broadmoor patient “determined to get heard” in landmark case - "I do not have a mental illness and I'm not a danger to anyone," says Albert Haines, due to be the first psychiatric patient to have appeal against 25 years of detention heard in public.
Aug 29: Want to end mental health stigma? Stop medicalising distress - psychiatric diagnoses lie at heart of negative attitudes towards people with mental health problems, says Terry Simpson
March 2, 2011: I can't have schizophrenia - I'm a psychology student! Emma Harding became psychotic while studying for a degree in psychology. Now recovered she works as a clinical psychologist for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and works with people with psychosis.
April 5, 2010: "Want user-led mental health services? We've done it for a decade - Leeds Survivor-Led Crisis Service has for 10 years run a multi-award winning non-medical sanctuary for people with mental health problems. It prides itself on being user-led. Adam James explains why it has made its mark in mental health history.
Jan 22: Her own way - Judi Chamberlin's book On Our Own was held up as a rallying cry for the mental health service-user movement when it was published in 1977. Louise Pembroke remembers the American activist who died on January 16.
3: Magazine dedicated to “unsung hero” of mental health
- grassroots mental health magazine tribute to Terence McLaughlin
7: Top names in radical mental health at conference - event
will showcase critical work on psychiatry and psychology, says co-organiser
Ian Parker, left
June 13: 'Mental
illness is petrifying' - day-to-day life as an inpatient on
a psychiatric unit is being documented on an internet blog by Mandy
21: Almost all psychiatric patients oppose smoking ban on units,
- but patients at Rampton, pictured left, lose test case
for right to continue smoking. Judges ruled ban was justified for
"health and security" reasons.
1: Psychologist's non-drug approach provokes storm of reactions
psychiatrists call NHS clinician's work “dangerous”.
But other professionals give support
18: Underground recovery - Clinical
psychologist Rufus May
explains why, when using a non-drug approach to help a doctor who
heard voices, he had no choice but to work in secret.
2: Mental health TV drama seen by 1.3 million -
Poppy Shakespeare was a dramatisation of the book, left,
by Clare Allen who spent ten years as a patient at a London day
centre. What did you
20: Psychiatric patients launch test case for right to smoke while
- patients could be only group of people banned from smoking "in
the privacy of their own home", judges told
Jan 16: Schizophrenia psychologist launches 'coming off' psychiatric
drugs website - Rufus May, left, fears medication withdrawal
effects are confused with illness symptoms
16: 'The Henderson saved my life' - here's why the acclaimed
personality disorder unit
should stay open, writes Kath Lovell
2: Expert advice? Service user knowledge from around Europe
is being collated to boost the status of user expertise. But will
it come to anything, asks Adam James?
July 21: The art
of staying out - how does one patient peer-support project reduce
time its members spend in hospital by 89 per cent?
21: Online directory of mental health service user groups launched
7: Government has rejected call for mental health service user “tsar”
Professor Louis Appleby has said so himself states mental health
31: Government to pay service users to talk to journalists on mental
health - scheme bids to promote positive media coverage of
stories relating to schizophrenia, manic depression and personality
23, 2000: Going undercover - When Rufus May was a teenager he
was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and told he would have
to take medication for the rest of his life. He since came off all
medication and is now a clinical psychologist with a message, writes
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