mental health

Why MPs’ mental health matters

3 July 2019 9:41

Given the level of threats that they face, and the bizarre life they often lead, it’s no surprise that MPs…

The NHS 10-year plan is a metaphor for Theresa May’s government

7 January 2019 11:10

Today’s NHS 10-year plan is the health service’s response to the £20.5 billion funding boost announced by ministers last year.…

Is World Mental Health Day just tokenist rubbish?

10 October 2018 18:00

What is the point of a Minister for Suicide Prevention? That Jackie Doyle-Price is taking on the role as part…

The trouble with social prescribing for mental illness

23 July 2018 14:55

It’s a measure of how much the debate around mental health has changed that Matt Hancock’s latest announcement on social…

Calling people out for ‘gaslighting’ is just a lazy but effective way of shutting down dissent

14 June 2018 15:38

Last month, the American short story writer Carmen Maria Machado spoke out about a disappointing interaction she had once had…

How Jeremy Corbyn had a successful PMQs

28 March 2018 14:59

Jeremy Corbyn didn’t pick the most obvious topic to lead on – or indeed mention – at Prime Minister’s Questions…

The Spectator Podcast: Overdosed

22 March 2018 13:37

On this week’s episode, we discuss the state of mental health in this country, and whether doctors are all too…

The case for more NHS cash is growing

16 January 2018 16:50

Theresa May likes to boast at Prime Minister’s Questions that mental health spending is increasing. The problem is that this…

Should we blame patients for the NHS crisis?

5 January 2018 16:37

The whose-fault-is-the-NHS-crisis game has taken some strange twists and turns this week, with the debate bouncing from patients costing the…

Theresa May can’t just expect employers to solve the mental health crisis

26 October 2017 17:26

Theresa May made mental health one of her key policy issues when she became Prime Minister, and it was supposed…

How ‘safe spaces’ make life harder for people with mental illness

26 September 2017 10:42

Oh, how wonderfully hilarious: Labour conference has a safe space. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a Party now led…

Is America’s ‘despair epidemic’ about to arrive in Britain?

23 September 2017 8:55

However stressful and bad things get for a parent of young children, there is always one thought that puts it…

The new Equalities Act only increases the risks for mental illness sufferers

20 May 2017 11:02

Mrs May promises to amend the Equalities Act to prevent employers from ‘unfairly’ dismissing those with mental disorders. It is…

Can the Tories boast about giving parity of esteem to mental health?

19 May 2017 12:06

Mental health only made it into all three main party manifestos for the first time in 2015. Two years later,…

Can money buy happiness? The internet trolls think so

9 May 2017 12:27

Aaron Lennon. Prince Harry. Jayne-Anne Gadhia, chief executive of Virgin Money. Each of these high profile people’s mental health has…

A fitbit for your finances and a way to improve your mental health

6 February 2017 12:43

Tools to help with ‘personal improvement’ were the big consumer trend of 2016. Whether it was healthy recipe boxes to…

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…

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…

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…