NSUN’s April 2024 articles & blogs roundup

Here are all the articles, blogs, vlogs, and podcasts (and more) that we’ve shared in our weekly bulletins this month. The main focus of this section in our bulletin is to share new, first person pieces written or made by people within and beyond our membership who have lived experience of mental ill-health, trauma, or distress, as well as relevant articles about news and policy in mental health from sources such as Disability News Service.

We’ll be posting this roundup at the end of each month as a way to further bring together, amplify and also archive current, lived experience-focussed voices and perspectives in mental health.

Suicidal and self-harming patients receive inadequate care due to overwhelmed A&E departments, doctors warn
An article by Rebecca Thomas via The Independent.

Zine Review: ‘Poems from Inside’ by Nicole Lacey
A blog by Heather Cobb via NSUN. 

Maintaining the Fidelity of Mad Studies (An Ode to Mad Studies 2)
A blog by Lisa Archibald via Asylum Magazine.

Learning from and with the Disabled People’s Movement
Blog by Fran Amery & Rebecca Yeo via the Independent Social Research Foundation

The enforced use of cameras in patients’ bedrooms may not reduce the incidence of self-harm
Blog by John Baker via The Mental Elf

Madness, Violence and the Media
Sample article from Spring Issue of Asylum Magazine by Hel Spandler

Hospital or Jail?: the lesser of two evils
Sample article from Spring Issue of Asylum Magazine by Lin Bigwood

Words Matter: Vulnerability
A blog co-written by NSUN and the Migrants’ Rights Network via the NSUN blog. 

The use and impact of surveillance-based technology initiatives in inpatient and acute mental health settings: A systematic review
An article by Jessica L. Griffiths, Katherine R. K. Saunders, Una Foye, Anna Greenburgh, Ciara Regan, Ruth E. Cooper, Rose Powell, Ellen Thomas, Geoff Brennan, Antonio Rojas-Garcia, Brynmor Lloyd-Evans, Sonia Johnson and Alan Simpson via medRxiv.

Mental Health Cultures
A blog by Veronica Heney via Cost of Living. 

‘Like a puppet on a string’: The ‘sick note’ culture, from those who live it
A blog by Nima Cas Hunt via NSUN.

Britain is sicker and poorer than it used to be. Sunak’s response? Attack disabled people
An article by Frances Ryan via the Guardian.

Disability and Migration network condemns Rwanda Bill
A blog via NSUN. 

People detained under the Mental Health Act dying at three times the rate of those held in prisons
An article by Amy-Clare Martin via the Independent. 

Sunak’s ‘chilling, threatening’ speech on benefits ‘demonised disabled people’
A blog by John Pring via Disability News Service.