Before the PCCS Books Anniversary Conference on Wednesday 16th October I had only met Claire Shaw a couple of times at mental health events or possibly Asylum meetings (I am not entirely sure) but I think I had not heard her perform her poetry or talk about the power of language to hurt and heal. Read more
The post in the photo above is from an anti-fascist protest in London after the murder (in cold blood) on 18th September in Athens, Greece of a Greek left-wing hip-hop artist (Pavlos Fyssas) by Golden Dawn, a far-right party that was elected and entered the Greek Parliament in 2012 (Link to Article). Read more
I understand ‘mad knowledge’ as experiential, embodied, tacit knowledge stemming from the direct, subjective, lived experience of acute mental distress. I see both individual and collective dimensions of mad knowledge. Individual dimensions of mad knowledge – in my mind-point to individual suffering and distress, whereas collective dimensions pertain to the body of experiential knowledge accumulated through the history of the psychiatric survivor movement. Read more
‘Electroshock no longer taboo in treating mental illness’ in the USA: Is this the full story, though?
I read in my Care Records (covering the 3-month period of my hospitalisation and detention under the Mental Health Act back in 2009) that ECT had been considered in a ward round as a possible treatment for my severe and enduring, ‘treatment-resistant’, ‘psychotic depression’ for which a series of potent anti-depressants had been used with no signs of improvement. Read more
I was horrified to read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the overuse of antipsychotics with poor foster children -some as young as months old- in the USA. You can read the entire article Here.
Traumatic memories, grief and fears of relapse: Negotiating the legacy of madness through healing exposure to trauma
I went to Liverpool for the first time 5 years ago, in August 2008… And it seems that this first trip to Liverpool has become for me a powerful psychic symbol of a time when I was severely depressed and acutely anxious, I was living in what felt like permanent panic and agitation, I was feeling constantly under threat. Read more