Asylum Magazine Vol 28.4 -The Radical Mental Health Magazine


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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.




The Trauma of Institutionalisation – Jerome Sewell
Arm Tickling: The mystery of subconscious self soothing – James Collector *** SAMPLE ARTICLE ***
A Tale of Two Losses – Eleanor Higgins
Digi–Summons: A new way to collect Council Tax debt – Mark Bertram
Serenity Integrated Mentoring – Ornamental Hermit
Which way is Mecca? Being a Somali Refugee in UK mental health services – Mushtag Kahin ***SAMPLE ARTICLE*
A Crisis of Identity – Jane Fisher
A Healthy Escape – Finding Freedom Through Music – Cayley Blair-Steele
It Pains and It Roars – Alice Langley
Racism and Excessive Use of Force – Dina Poursanidou
Mad Studies: Setting the Tone – Alex Dunedin *** SAMPLE ARTICLE ***
Madness in Motion – Casey Clabough
CoVid 19 and Castles in the Sand – Henry Bladon
Peer Respite Soteria Summit
Creative Writing – Samantha J. Linderer


Book review – Mental Hospitals, Care Homes and Other Stories
Book review – Warp & Weft
Book review – The Zyprexa Papers
Ms Benn interviews Miss Diagnosis

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