Asylum 21.2 – Summer 2014


Four of the last five issues were given over to one particular theme or another, and they were usually put together by a group of people who wanted to highlight a particular aspect of psychiatry or their response to it.

This means we have accumulated a fair number of contributions from readers on a whole array of topics, some of which we can now publish. Thanks for contributing. Please continue to do so! And apologies if we could not find space to print your particular contribution – we may be able to do so in a future edition. So this edition looks more like a magazine usually looks, in the sense of a mix of different topics and viewpoints. Because they were crowded out by all the ‘special editions’, several chunks of news items take up
some of the space. It seemed to us that readers would be interested in various newsworthy developments over the last year or so. If there has been one particular worry everyone shared recently, it is probably ‘the cuts’. As soon as they were mooted, and then brought in, many people predicted the short-sighted effects of indiscriminately cutting budgets for mental healthcare. In the past year or so the evidence has started to come in about exactly how much damage is being done. And it seems that the psychiatric and mental health services are visibly and significantly deteriorating. As predicted, this is proving a false economy because – if they won’t just crawl away and die – the pieces of desperate or distressed people’s lives still have to be picked up.
On the other hand, there was often not much to say for psychiatry and mental healthcare even before the cuts. We publish a number of pieces that address the various ways in which psychiatry and mental health care always did fail, anyway. But don’t be downhearted, there are even more articles here that shine a ray or two of sunny hope. I won’t spoil it for you by telling you which bits I mean. Dip in and you might be surprised!



Europe Votes for Clinical Trials Transparency

Two Way Mirror: Poem – Keren Hill

Dual Psyche – Scott Michael

Psychiatry and the Professional Duty of (S)care – Matthew Connolly

Review: Our Encounters with Suicide – William Park

A Possible Cure for Schizophrenia – Alfred A Barrios

Some useful phrases: Poem – Rachel Starbuck

REVIEW: Splitting in two: Mad Pride and Punk Rock Oblivion – Jeremy Spandler

Take Care When You Spill the Beans  – Julia Young

The National Research Ethics Committee and MH Service-User Researchers – Jane Clewes

The Survivor’s Manifesto –

The Manifesto of a Noncompliant Mental Patient – Aubrey Ellen Shomo

‘Welcome’ to the Asylum: Poem – Jackie Joseph

Hospitality: Poem – Richard-Yves Sitoski

On a mission from God: Notes on the psychiatric experience of the homeless shelter ‘The Cure’  – Giuseppe Bucalo

A Message from Madlove –


REVIEW: Mad Matters: a critical reader in Canadian Mad Stuies – China Mills

REVIEW: The Therapy Industry: The irresistible rise of the talking cure, and why it doesn’t work – William Park

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