Asylum is a quarterly produced radical mental health magazine.
This issue opens with a moving extract from Donna Holder’s forthcoming personal memoir reflecting on a year spent as an in-patient (one of our sample articles).
We continue with Alastair Kemp’s piece on the politics of language in our current times. Other sample articles in this issue include Joel Petrie’s look back through time at the ‘merry men’ in his family and Stephen McKenna Lawson’s account of the challenges of mental health nursing. Stephen’s piece has some resonance with the ‘catches’ described by Andy Baxter in our last issue – and we also include a letter here in response to Andy’s piece.
Picking up on our interview with Jen Kilyon in the last issue, Sonia Soans considers why we need Soteria houses and – staying with that theme of how things might be otherwise – J. Hamilton reflects on the implications of a trauma-informed approach. This issue also includes a personal piece by Deborah Ross on what followed when she asked ‘What about me?’ and the long-awaited second part of Dave Barton’s exploration of ‘Psychiatry and Strange Experiences’.
We publish here a piece of creative non-fiction by Andrea White, and our usual selection of recent poetry, cartoons and illustrations. Peter Campbell continues our series on the history of the UK psychiatric survivor movement and we include a tribute to Frank Bangay, who contributed richly to it. Jeremy Spandler reviews a recent book on the philosophy of madness and we include an update on a new Mad Studies course.
Erwadi: A tragedy and its aftermath – Cynthia Stephen, J. Sanjay Kumar and Sonia Soans ***Sample article***
Normal Is – Normal Does – Steven McCrystal
What it’s like to live in an Asylum – Sarafin
Psychiatric Justice? What Justice? – Liam Kirk
Ten Moments of Diagnosis – Jack Lack
Psychiatric Withdrawal: A Pipedream? – Sneha R
Flash fiction – The Mattress – C. Pearson
Raving Mad: A research project – Joséphine Daniels
This is Really Happening – Stephen McKenna Lawson and Anne E Watmough ***Sample article***
Lessons Learned in Mental Health Recovery – Athena Milios
Sanguine – Clare Griffin
Sanity, Madness and the Family, Revisited – Jeremy Spandler
Hidden Gem – 55 Steps
News – Update: Stop SIM Campaign
An intangible breath of life – Giulia Busetti
Book review – The Illusion of Evidence Based Medicine – Tom Todd
My Name is Patrick Wood
A Tale of Guerrilla Merchandising – J. Hamilton ***Sample article***