CareKnowledge Opinion brings comment and reflection on key issues from CareKnowledge Editor Jim Kennedy and other leading experts in their respective fields. Here's a paginated feed of these articles, most recent first.
Providing the Right to Challenge Disorder Diagnosis 'Would Confront Racial Bias in Sectioning'
Mental Health Care Responses Are Failing LGBT People - Some Ideas...
Simon Wessely: ‘ECT is in my own advance directive’
Why Anger and Guilt Can Be Two Sides of the Same Coin - and How to Forgive
Here's Why Your Therapist Being a 'Blank Screen' Is a Good Thing
MHA Reform Is Our 'One Chance' to Tailor Ethnic Minority Care and Transform Safeguards
The Mental Health Act is currently under independent review, with recommendations for change due to be revealed in December. Mental Health Today writers of colour have contributed their proposals as to how the new law should be shaped. Jacqui Dyer MBE, co-chair of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act’s African and Caribbean Group, reports on how these proposals have been received. [16-Aug-2018]
How You Can Help Me Once I've Recovered from Mental Illness
Here's How to Support Disabled Professionals
What We Can Learn from Trans Activism
Invisible Disabilities Are Neglected - That Needs to Change
New Liberty Protection Safeguards Will Prioritise Timely Care of the Vulnerable
How to Stop Idolising or Vilifying People
'The Cycle': Here's What Transgender Rejection Feels Like
The World Health Organisation has finally ruled it will no longer classify being transgender as a mental illness. 'Constantly being told that you are of lesser value, or not real, leaves you questioning your right to sit at the communal table', writes Ambrose Thompson for Learning Disability Today. [05-Jul-2018]
Here's What Might Be Happening When We Feel Empty Inside
'Windrush Unwelcome' - Why the Past is Forever Present in Our Collective Mental Health
Friday June 22nd marks the 70th anniversary of the crossing of passengers from the Caribbean aboard the SS Empire Windrush. One cannot talk about the recent Windrush scandal without making intrinsic historical structural links to racism and mental health. Ekanem Hines, theatre director and former social worker, writes in Mental Health Today. [21-Jun-2018]