mental health

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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).…

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…

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…

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…