After 25 years of chronic emergency, 22 mental hospitalizations, a stint at a “community mental health center,” 13 years in a "board & care," repeated withdrawals from addictions to legal drugs, and a 12-year marriage, I plan to live every last breath out as a survivor, an advocate, and an artist.
MIA’s Micah Ingle interviews Mary Watkins about reorienting psychology toward liberation and social justice.
When I first presented my cards to the woman at Newport Hospital's front desk, I was greeted with a smile, but when I told her to whom I wanted them sent, her smile quickly faded. She sighed and asked me to consider handing out my cards to "the other patients" instead, as if the patients in the psychiatric unit didn't matter at all.
Researchers argue that blaming climate change inaction on psychological barriers ignores the effects of neoliberal capitalism and social structures.
Anthropologists study Parachute NYC to identify challenges and opportunities for implementing peer support and Open Dialogue practices.
A new study finds poorer depression and anxiety outcomes in psychotherapy for people in economically deprived neighborhoods and those on antidepressants.
One of the HVN's fundamental principles is that "the person having these experiences is in the best position to decide or discover what they mean" and thus each person must "not try to speak for" another. The challenge for a family group will likely be for members to move past speaking about our loved ones to find or imagine the space where we ourselves are liberated.
A Nigerian study finds that more than three-quarters of patients improved, even when only 13% were prescribed medication.
New qualitative research finds a shift in the meaning of gender as it enters the local lexicon of people in rural Malawi, in turn having negative ramifications for those it is meant to help.
Researchers explore how culturally responsive services can create greater equity in mental health care.
Changing the mental health and psychosocial support system in Germany requires public debate about the ways our society should help and support people in mental crisis and with chronic mental health problems. We believe the driving force behind all help and support should be humanitarianism and respect for inalienable human rights.
Researchers seek to identify adaptive coping responses to discrimination for the transgender and gender diverse community.
Loneliness was found to both predict and be reinforced by severe common mental disorders.
In an interview with MIA's Akansha Vaswani, narrative therapist Jennifer Freeman calls for a shift away from individualistic approaches to 'eco-anxiety' and toward responses that connect us all to a counter-tsunami of action for the planet.
Can a renewed biopsychosocial approach, grounded in an updated philosophy, foster person-centered medicine, and psychiatry?
Teen suicide risk is influenced by relationships with adults and teachers, perceived popularity, close friendships, and school connectedness.
Major study finds that economic deprivation and a lack of social capital are driving increasing rates of suicide in the U.S.
Teacher’s personal wellbeing plays a role in students’ mental health outcomes, suggests a new study.
A new study examines the role parent borderline pathology plays in the perpetuation of childhood maltreatment.
What physical activity-based programs are being implemented in schools, how are they being researched, and what kind of impact have they made?
New research suggests that minimum wage laws provide financial security that may help prevent suicide.
Debate ensues as scholars and policymakers discuss how to bring a rights-based approach to mental health policy.
A new study suggests proximity to green space as a child is linked to lower rates of mental health issues in adulthood.
Depression, serious psychological distress, and suicide attempts have risen substantially since the early 2000s among young adults – what’s changed?
Dr. Gail Hornstein, author of Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness, discusses the importance of personal narratives and service-user activism in the context of the global mental health movement.