Press Release Embargoed 00:01 Wed 28th Nov 2018 Are 1 in 8 children and young people really ‘mentally disordered’? Mental health organisations challenge the language of illness and disorder – On November 22nd 2018, NHS Digital released a widely publicised report on children and young people’s mental health, which found that one in eight children […]
On Friday I finally got to attend a Disorder for Everyone event – the 11th, in Edinburgh, and I’m very glad I did.
Having read and digested the Power Threat Meaning Framework Overview, I have some thoughts: The most exciting parts of the PTM Framework are at the start and at the end. This is where we can get immersed in the theoretical, the ideological, the boundless potential of opening our minds and hearts and not being straitjacketed […]
Coherent language about mental health On Thursday 6th September I heard, for the first time, a coherent language being spoken about mental health. I had almost given up hope of such a language existing. It was a powerful day for me personally. It was also validating in terms of the work which I, as a […]
Article by Judy Gayton In response to The Lancet Psychiatry’s review of experiences of diagnosis (link), Dr Jay Watts wrote an article for the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/24/mental-health-labels-diagnosis-study-psychiatrists which raised as many questions as it answered. Her position on diagnosis seems to shift with each point she makes, and a number of people have challenged her apparently […]
Article by Monica Glover. What messages is society giving to abusers… At the end of an action-packed day, the sound of about 200 people’s thunderous applause said everything! The light and spacious Carrs Lane venue was packed, and I could sense the bubbly energy of anticipation even as we queued to book in. Jo Watson […]
Sold the ‘explanation’ of ‘illness’! Lucy Johnstone was interviewed by Bruce Guthrie from ‘Mental Health Matters’ at the ‘A disorder for everyone!’ event in Brighton (16.2.18). In this interview Lucy explains the main message of the ‘A disorder for everyone!’ events – that psychiatric diagnoses are not evidence based as we have been led to […]
There are alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis First published in: Mental Health Today By: Dr Lucy Johnstone & Jo Watson. Date: 12th February 2018 There are alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis which can help people to make sense of experiences of distress. Some remarkable changes are happening in mental health theory and practice, and yet most professionals, […]