mental health

The ‘shared society’ seems to be a gloomier version of the ‘big society’

9 January 2017 14:13

Is Theresa May’s ‘shared society’ speech just a rather empty rebranding exercise, or something serious that will shift social policy…

What the papers say: An overdue overhaul for mental health and May’s Trump-sized opportunity

9 January 2017 8:52

Theresa May is launching yet another attempt to define herself as a politician today with a major speech on tackling…

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Poor mental health care is a ‘stain’ on our country. But whose fault is that?

18 November 2016 13:46

Today’s warning from every former Health Secretary from the past 20 years about inadequate mental health provision raises a number…

Jeremy Corbyn And Ken Livingstone Attend A Labour Leadership Rally

Listen: George Galloway comes to Ken Livingstone’s defence over mental health jibe

18 November 2015 11:44

A mere hour or so into his new role as the co-chair of Labour’s Trident review and Ken Livingstone is…


The Conservatives can become the party of mental health — here’s how

4 August 2015 10:00

For too long, Westminster has overlooked mental health. It has been languishing in funding obscurity for decades as a forgotten…


We don’t encourage suicide, so why should we assist it?

30 June 2015 11:10

As MPs prepare to consider a private member’s bill to license what is being euphemistically called ‘assisted dying’, in Belgium…

Game Reviw La Noire

Porn and video games: more hysteria about ‘rewiring brains’

11 May 2015 23:00

Here we go again. What effect do you think watching porn and video games have on young men? Yup, they…

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I know I shouldn’t ask this, but is cocaine really that addictive?

9 April 2015 17:36

Cocaine addiction is a dreadful thing. I’ve seen it so many times: bright, once-pretty people with washed-out grey faces who…

Michelangelo: genius and soap-dodger

We don’t think of highly gifted people as mentally disabled. Perhaps we should

4 April 2015 22:50

I’m intrigued by this recent study suggesting that intellectual gifts and learning disabilities, far from lying on opposite ends of a…

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Why liberals want us to act like children

31 March 2015 9:05

Have you noticed how often adults – particularly of the earnest, nagging variety who work in the public sector –…


A phone used to be a helpline. Now it’s a device used to film people in distress

17 March 2015 17:14

A pal recently told me a story. It was about a friend of theirs who had been travelling on a train…

Lib Dem health

Lib Dems are promising to revolutionise mental health care. This is opportunism, pure and simple

16 March 2015 17:40

Given their record in government, any sane person would regard a pledge by the Liberal Democrats with a healthy dose…


Jon Snow’s right: skunk is dangerous, but it’s impossible to buy anything else

26 February 2015 13:49

Channel 4 is due to air its pseudo-scientific ‘Jon Snow stoned’ show The Cannabis Trials (or Drugs and How Not To Enjoy Them).…

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Why are the Lib Dems spending so much time talking about mental health?

26 February 2015 13:03

Nick Clegg is to hold an hour-long phone-in next week on mental health. The Deputy Prime Minister will host the…


The crisis of masculinity won’t be solved with antidepressants

23 February 2015 15:50

There was much discussion recently about the rise in male suicide rates, after official figures published last week showed they…

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Teenage fathers and mental health: a true story unfairly reported

20 February 2015 13:34

There’s a difference between something being true, and something being fair, as I’m sure you realise. I’m going to look…


Hyperbole about the dangers of ‘skunk’ won’t help those at risk – but a change in the law might

16 February 2015 13:58

Can I write an entire blog post about one sentence? I’d certainly like to. The sentence in question is ‘The…

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Theresa May’s moral mission: Home Secretary to stop sick children being locked up

15 December 2014 9:11

Theresa May will announce changes the Mental Health Act this week that mean mentally ill teenagers are never held in…


Good Samaritans or sinister surveillance? The app that tries to stop suicide

30 October 2014 17:01

According to an email I received earlier this afternoon, I should be worried about the mental state of someone I…

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Call them crazy – the foolhardy new incentives for dementia diagnoses

22 October 2014 16:00

Remember this time last year, when Jeremy Hunt decried the ‘national shame’ of neglected old people suffering from undiagnosed dementia?…

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Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats are in high spirits – and in attack mode

8 October 2014 14:52

listen to ‘Podcast: Nick Clegg’s speech’ on audioBoom There were no rabbits in Nick Clegg’s speech today. Instead, there was…

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Lib Dems to announce mental health policy ‘red line’

7 October 2014 9:03

The Lib Dems haven’t really announced many enormous policies so far at their party conference. Yesterday’s speech from Vince Cable…


When did suicide cease to be morally repugnant?

15 August 2014 15:37

The great Theodore Dalrymple once came up with the theory that there is a fixed level of righteous indignation in…

Unemployment Figures Set To Rise Further In UK

Mental health and benefits: ministers get the wrong end of the stick

13 July 2014 17:19

Every so often when ministers are considering a policy, they send a little kite up to see how it’s received.…

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Mental health: Government’s commitment doesn’t match its rhetoric

24 June 2014 16:53

Professor Sue Bailey, the outgoing President of the Royal College of Psychiatry, has described mental health services in England as…