Psychiatrist Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed explores a way forward for psychiatry in responding to the Mad activism of service users.
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.
I imagined a world in which anyone can hit a button on their phone and be connected with a compassionate and empathetic listener, 24/7. So in 2019, I founded Peer Collective. Today, there are 30 peer counselors on the platform offering 30-minute counseling sessions for just $14.
MIA’s Micah Ingle interviews Mary Watkins about reorienting psychology toward liberation and social justice.
Anthropologists study Parachute NYC to identify challenges and opportunities for implementing peer support and Open Dialogue practices.
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.
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.
A coalition of 35 health organizations expressed serious concerns that the NICE guideline for adult depression may cause clinical harm—they demand “full and proper” revisions.
New review of long-term depression data finds psychotherapy more effective over time whereas antidepressants decrease in effectiveness.
The team that developed the Power Threat Meaning framework as a diagnostic alternative reflects on the response to the framework after one year.
Individuals who experience psychosis can also experience posttraumatic growth, which can be a central component of the recovery paradigm.
Dr. Raskin discusses psychotherapists’ dissatisfaction with current psychiatric diagnostic systems and explores alternatives.
Interviews with psychosocially oriented psychologists demonstrate their experiences of discomfort with the hegemony of the medical model in their place of work and the conflicts that arise when they attempt to provide alternatives.
New research synthesizes insights from 45 studies to construct a conceptual framework relating different elements of recovery narratives to trauma-informed approaches to care.
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.
The Youth-Nominated Support Team intervention invites adolescents to select adults in their life to receive training on how to support them.
Researchers evaluate the impact of a school-based prevention program on anxious and depressive symptoms.
Interviews with peer providers indicate that they strategically use their personal illness and recovery story in order to assist others.
We had built relationships with provider and peer organizations and NAMI. We had learned how to interface with the system and share the peer perspective. Ultimately, our relationships saved us. We had worked to start our own organization with the same providers who now were in position to step forward in our defense.
While well intentioned, providers and volunteers can do more harm than good at the border. The Global Psychosocial Network issues guidelines on how to work for the benefit of migrants and refugees.
A new study examines the preventative effects of cultural engagement has on depression among older adults.
An article on contributory injustice describes the clinical and ethical imperative that clinicians listen to service users experiences.