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Asylum Conference Poster: European Network for Democratic Mental Health; Argument of the meeting on the situation in Greece, Thessaloniki 05/25/2017

Greece has become a laboratory for neoliberal policies of the European Union. The brutal imposition of the laws of the financial markets, of counter-reforms aimed at the destruction of public services and of social protection, has led to a humanitarian and political crisis that is worsening day by day, while placing democracy under guardianship in the name of the repayment of an illegal, illegitimate and odious debt. Read more

Asylum Conference Action and Reaction: Bob Dylan needs Asylum help give him a home…

Asylum Magazine, which promotes dialogue and debate about mental health and psychiatry, comes out four times a year. The title, ASYLUM, was chosen for its original etymological meanings – through Latin from Greek to English – of a refuge, a right not to be seized. Asylum – which publishes all kinds of writing, including poetry and prose – has a long history of promoting alternative and challenging perspectives on mental health. Read more

Asylum 30th Anniversary Conference: Crowdfunding For Community

The 30th anniversary of Asylum magazine for democratic psychiatry is happening this year and a conference is taking place in the University of Manchester.  The theme of the conference is Action and Reaction.  Hundreds of delegates are traveling from all over the world to talk about various aspects and ideas, ethics and findings of mental health on the 28th of June.  It is a momentous occasion for a very important platform for ideas. Read more

Podcast: Sara Ryan Keynote: What the fuckwhatery? Disability studies, activism and the continuing denial of the human

Sara Ryan is the Research Director in the Health Experiences Research Group at the University of Oxford. A sociologist, her work focuses on autism, learning disability and difference. More recently she has been involved in the #JusticeforLB campaign. This is an annotated audio recording of the keynote address she did at the 2016 Lancaster University Disabilities Studies conference.

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Culture Bound Syndromes: Contextualising and Historically Locating Mental Illness by Sonia Soans

I still remember the day we went through the ICD- 10 in the clinical psychology class. Our professor, a practicing and competent clinical psychologist, talked us through the various symptoms that constituted a mental illness. Mental illnesses such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) schizophrenia and depression were assumed to be universal. Extensive studies have been conducted around the world documenting these illnesses. We finally got to the section on culture bound syndromes. Read more

Relationships with families, carers and friends (others?) by John Sawkins

There is always a potentially difficult relationship between service users, carers and professionals. Open dialogue seeks to address this issue through allowing every party in the relationship to have a frank interchange, based on honesty and mutual respect. Hence it is disingenuous to attempt to misrepresent the idea of showing “insight”. Read more