From the BBC/People Fixing the World: 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 recognized by the WHO for its pioneering work.
From Yale Medicine Magazine: The line between 'mental illness' and genius has long been known to be razor-thin. Clairaudients, or psychics who hear voices, are helping clarify the connection.
From Scientific American: Given medicine’s poor record, physicians should prescribe and patients consume far fewer medications, a new book argues.
From Science: 'Warning letters'—a key tool for keeping dangerous or ineffective drugs, devices and tainted foods off the market—have fallen by a third since Trump took office.
From Mindful: By understanding how empathy works and can be augmented in ourselves and our children, we have one of the key tools to cultural transformation.
From The Scotsman: Zholia Alemi worked in the NHS for 22 years despite having no qualifications. Some of her patients were sectioned or 'groomed' to gain access to their finances.
From The Globe and Mail: Until his death, Mel fought against harsh psychiatric treatments. In many ways he saw the cracks in our midst, especially the ones right in front of us.
From Belfast Telegraph: "He said: 'This drug is poisoning me. It's giving me problems I never had before.' He's handing them the diagnosis on a plate, and the system is not listening."
From Mona Delahooke, PhD: The popular strategy of simply trying to alter behaviors fails to acknowledge the importance of loving engagement with adults as the foundation of treatment.
From The Oregonian/OregonLive: "If you’re at a point where you don’t know where to turn, don’t have a place to go, experiencing mental health issues, you’re living on the street, where right now can you go?"
From Dr. Terry Lynch/Mental Health Academy: It is no longer acceptable for mental health professionals to do nothing in the face of a mental health paradigm that is built upon misinformation and false claims.
From Mosaic: The traditional expert–patient relationship of psychological treatment has often been seen by Aboriginal people as being based on that of the colonial master and the colonised.
From The Guardian: Is society doing enough for adult survivors, who, too often, are overlooked, pathologised and criminalised?
From the The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Locked for weeks or months in isolation cells, mentally ill and other vulnerable detainees from around the world are plagued by anxiety, anger, depression and suicidal impulses.
From Council of Europe, Commissioner for Human Rights: "My experience as your Human Rights Commissioner has . . . confirmed . . . the vicious circles caused by a coercion-based mental health approach."
From STAT: Sexuality can be understood through the 'dancing model.' Dancing, like sex, requires having a body, but no one would study the art of ballet by cracking open Gray’s Anatomy.
From STAT: Every insurance company should be required to keep its provider lists updated so they can’t collect premiums for services they don’t actually provide.
From NJ.com: Violence, mismanagement and despair have become 'normalized' at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Parsippany, according to a federal lawsuit.
From Health and Human Rights Journal: Access to a psycho-social and social environment that fosters respectful relationships is a human right, as outlined by the latest report from UN Special Rapporteur Dainius Pūras.
From Salon: Our healing journeys are not just about individuals. They are about transforming society and shifting the culture.
From The Nation: In contrast to the United States, suicide rates are noticeably lower and have been declining in Western European countries where social safety nets are more extensive.
From Goop: "When people get the opportunity to express themselves and show exactly who they are, including their traumatized past—and be met with love and compassion—that in itself has a great effect."
From The Conversation: Returning to an economy of repair could help create a kinder, more inclusive society. By mending broken things, we might also help mend what’s broken in ourselves.
From openDemocracy: Our internal and external crises are reinforcing and amplifying each other, creating a situation full of risk. How do we interrupt this dynamic?
From Mad Canada Shadow Group: Canada has agreed to abide by the UN CRPD, which seeks to prevent the use of involuntary treatments, committals, restraints and seclusion.