Asylum Magazine (Volume 25 No 4) Winter 2018

Asylum, formerly the magazine for democratic psychiatry, was established in 1986 as a forum for free debate, open to anyone with an interest in psychiatry and mental health politics, practice and policy. We were inspired by the democratic psychiatry movement in Italy and continue to be influenced by radical mental health movements around the world, including the psychiatric survivor and Mad liberation movements.

We welcome contributions from service users, ex-users or survivors; activists, family members and frontline psychiatric or mental health workers (anonymously, if you wish). The magazine is not-for-profit and run by a collective of unpaid volunteers. We are open to anyone who wants to help produce, develop and distribute the magazine, working in a spirit of equality and democracy.

Please contact us if you would like to help. The views expressed in the magazine are those of the individual contributors and not necessarily those of the collective. Articles are accepted in good faith and every effort is made to ensure fairness and veracity.

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  • Every year at this time Phil Hutchinson
  • Prescription Abolition and the Politics of Mad Pride Emily Sheera Cutler
  • Shedding the Safe Coat of Professionalism Caroline von Taysen
  • A History of Survivor Action Peter Campbell
  • An Interview with Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett Jonathan Gadsby
  • Turn Up the Volume on Women’s Mental Health
  • Distress Not Illness Neil Caton
  • Anxiety is fear. Anxiety is exhaustion. Anxiety is irrational. Anxiety is real. Donna Parry
  • Mental Health Activism and Research in Poland
  • On the Need for Dialogue Owen Spalding
  • Exploiting Our Good Souls Sanchita Islam
  • Ahhhh, Sleep Morrene Hauser
  • Creative Writing Andrew Baxter, Carroll Ann Susco & Poppy Lingham
  • Psychiatry in France: Workers strike back
  • News and Reports
  • Summit on Global Mental Health Sparks Critical Response from Service-Users and Rights Groups