Thoughts on Black History Month

My journey as a mental health equality activist has been painful, a public health warning to your sanity as you see the delusions to how racism operates in which whiteness is in the room but has been invisible when talking about equality., says Colin King, who recently set up the ‘Whiteness and Race Equality’ network in mental healthRead more

We need no Suicide Prevention Minister

I'm a person who struggles with suicidality and the government has appointed a 'suicide prevention minister'. You'd think I'd be happy. Or at least willing to give this notion a chance. But no. I'm angry, says Madame MerteuilRead more

Paul's story

Paul has kindly written to us and asked us to share his story. Paul is active in a number of service user involvement meetings in Leeds as well as giving talks and being part of panels both locally and nationally.Read more

I do matter, we all matter

'It is really something to come out of hospital, after taking an overdose, and feel worse than what drove one to take the overdose in the first place.'Read more

This is my truth, tell me yours

''every time I did confide in anyone – be they family member or health professional – I was let down, every time, by their failure to protect me from further harm.''Read more

But that would be a lie

Jessica Gallier writes about a series of events that followed her father's suicide and the way in which they affected a vulnerable, grieving family whilst doing nothing to prevent future deathsRead more

Of danger, bereavement, an erroneous terminal diagnosis and near-death in Brazil

I don’t often write personal stories and am not even sure why I am writing this – some kind of provisional settling of accounts maybe. And it’s not a good subject for a New Year but we don’t control time....Read more

Book review: Recovery, Mental Health and Inequality: Chinese Ethnic Minorities as Mental Health Service Users

NSUN member Vanessa Yim reviews Lynn Tang's latest book 'Recovery, Mental Health and Inequality: Chinese Ethnic Minorities as Mental Health Service Users'Read more

Power Threat Meaning Threat Power Power Power!

A blog by Scheherazade, on the launch of the recently published Power Threat Meaning Framework. Scheherazade was among the crowd that gathered at Friends House, Euston, on 12 January to listen to the speakers at the launchRead more

Mental health and disabled people with Learning difficulties (LD) and Autism (ASC)

Advocate Simone Aspis writes about what she'd like the mental health act review to do to ensure people with learning difficulties / autism are better includedRead more

The mental health act review and the definition of 'mental disorder'

Advocate Simone Aspis reflects on what the mental health act review could focus onRead more

Musings on a World Mental Health Day (10 October 2017)

Originally written by Dina Poursanidou for her blog in Asylum magazineRead more

Mental health teams in crisis

Joy Hibbins, who runs a Suicide Crisis Centre primarily set up to support people who do not access other services, reveals that, lately, a lot of of callers who use the traditional mental health system have been contacting her organisation instead of the mental health crisis teams...which take too long to get back to people - if at all.Read more

What should happen when things go wrong?

Martyn Coyle has been an advocacy campaigner for over 15 years. He was recently asked to write a post in light of the review of the Mental Health ActRead more

On power and privacy

In the light of the almost daily revelations about workplace sexual harassment and abuse, peer researcher Alison Faulkner wishes to highlight the devastating impact that sexual abuse as well as the impact of secrecy.Read more

The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You - crazy wisdom explored

Survivor blogger Nicky Hayward reviews the independently produced film 'Crazywise'Read more

Art is telling the truth unapologetically

Survivor artist and writer Dolly Sen introduces her book 'DSM 69' which showcases her trademark humour.Read more

I had my 21st birthday in a psychiatric hospital

NSUN member Terry Conway remembers a life changing experience - turning 21 in a psychiatric hospitalRead more

I will not recover until the world recovers

A blogger rages against the concept of recoveryRead more

A fierce intellect and pioneer activist - a tribute to Robert Dellar

A compassionate activist, author, artist and comrade, survivor Robert Dellar (1964-2016) touched the lives of many, writes journalist Ruth Hunt.Read more

I wish I had been told this

Julian Wood shares his experience of using spiritual practices and insightsRead more

The expert strikes back

Stephanie de la Haye explains why she has resigned from CQC's expert by experience programmeRead more

Working collaboratively towards an alternative and holistic framework for wellbeing

Survivor Researcher Anand Pattni wishes to work collabiratively towards an alternative and holistic approach to wellbeing. You can contact Anand to take part in his project.Read more