Asylum Magazine Vol 29.4


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Asylum is a quarterly produced radical mental health magazine.

Our Autumn issue opens with our feature article by Mud, also our cover artist, who makes a powerful case for changing the way health professionals treat suicidal people.

Two articles welcome back, and reflect on, Mad Pride and its evolution over the past thirty years. In other pieces, Robert Chapman draws on lessons from the neurodiversity movement to develop a Marxist analysis of neurodiversity; and Nelsy Cristancho explains how she’s managing heal herself from the madness of socio-capitalism. The Deaths by Welfare project is documenting the devasting impact of welfare reforms on the lives of people, especially disabled people and people of colour. – China Mills explains how.

Several pieces in this issue engage with the controversies around psychiatric medication. H. Spandler reflects on the recent study debunking the ‘chemical imbalance’ theory of depression and suggests we avoid merely replacing this with another overly simplistic trope. Lindsay-Rose Dykema, a Queer Psychiatrist and prison/police abolitionist, contributes two articles, including one which reflects on the dilemma of having a more critical stance on medication than her service user colleague. Jonathan Gadsby and Mick McKeown call for the right for nurses to conscientiously object to taking part in forced medication.

We have an update from Miss Diagnosis about her Eco Worrier initiative and an illustration of the problems with the IAPT programme by an anonymous practitioner. This issue also includes details of an exciting new play by Pete Carruthers; a report on a Manchester workshop on building an emancipatory mental health approach; and an attempt by one of our readers to get Asylum into the ward he was sectioned in. Moving beyond the shores of the UK, we learn about the Intiative for a Diverse Movement in Mental Health in Greece and the changes to mental health legislation there. As usual, we include a range of other short pieces including a story by Chris Bird about getting sectioned and a range of poetry and illustrations.


Editorial: What’s happening in mental health services? H. Spandler

Our mental health system is failing those in distress. Anandi Ramamurthy and Paul Baker

A pathological “diagnosis-seeker” speaks out. Wren Aves ***SAMPLE ARTICLE***

The Politics of Mental Health Care in Trieste. Vincenzo Passante ***SAMPLE ARTICLE***

Growing up Mad in the sunniest town in Switzerland. Leila

Poem – Indelible Punctuation. S. Reeson

“If the world is bad and heaven is not good, where is the alternative?” Eleni Alevanti

Hanging On: The Story of a Photograph. Andrew Furey

Summer Job. Elliot Margolies

Like Those Awful Dead People. Erika Nichols-Frazer

Poem – Motivational Speaker at a Mental Health Conference. Mel Mallory

In Memory of Christos. Initiative for a Diverse Movement in Mental Health

Book review – Heartbeats of Hope. Jim Gottstein

“How Does It Feel?” Ray Ryterski

‘Don’t Do Anything Silly’. Liam Kirk

Poem – Not OK. Janine Booth

Asylum Tributes to Debra Shulkes and Fiona Jones

TV Index Notion. Chris Bird

Poem – Deafening. Amy Laprade

Letters – Getting Asylum into mental health settings

The Hysterixx Are Not Laughing. Slowslowzo  ***SAMPLE ARTICLE***

Steve. David Parkin

Women’s Mental Health Activism in the UK

Hospital Rooms

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