“Suicide is complicated, but sociological theory along with past experience suggest that if we only look at these tragedies as individual events we can never understand them fully. The increase in suicide seems connected to what we must see as a new period of social anomie. As we mourn those we have lost, and as we ask what could we have done to prevent these desperate acts, we must look at the frayed social contract... and those living in the balance.” ... See MoreSee Less
Dear America: This is so much more than a mental health issue. This is about the culture. Yes, social and institutional change is hard, but enough is enough. So many are suffering. nyti.ms/2JnaCZs... See MoreSee Less
"What is it about late capitalism, and the social relations therein, that burdens its subjects with an unspeakable excess? What is this surplus that poisons and intoxicates us? It might be capitalism itself... It acknowledges no limits, spreading inexorably through and reconfiguring all our relations with one another. It is, for many people, the silent and unthought horizon of reality." ... See MoreSee Less
Official Post from Richard Seymour: I.One of the paradoxes of social life in late capitalism is that, even as more and more people abandon certain types of drug -- alcohol, tobacco, ecstasy, sex -- addictions are on the rise. The number of alcoholics, opioid addicts, gamblers, social media addicts,....
"I didn't experience psychosis again until I was 21, 22, having had a short period of homelessness and some difficulties, and the mental health system made sense of it as a biological illness and treated me with medication, ECT, hospitalisation and what have you. But I suppose beginning to make sense of those experiences as a response to life events did come as I was leaving the mental health system, through psychotherapy and through living in a therapeutic housing community with other people experiencing extreme states. But I think personally it has been years later, as I've moved into working more with compassionate approaches to psychosis, that I've had to do my own work again and work out that if I'm going to teach this stuff, if I'm going to invite people to try and make sense of their reality as well, maybe the biggest gift I've had is in doing that with others it has also invited and required me to do the same for myself." - Matt Ball, Healing Voices Executive Producer ... See MoreSee Less
We all have different sides to ourselves. The angry self, the anxious self, the sad self … and then there’s the compassionate self. We head to a workshop which explores the power of cultivating compassion in those who hear voices, and in their therapists.