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For a long time, the mentally ill were dumb and mute in literature. Inarticulacy surrounded those lumped together as Bedlamites: Jane Eyre’s classic “madwoman” in the attic, for instance, served as little more than a plot device, a thing to fear and loathe that got in the way of a Gothic romance.

Charles Saatchi with his wife, Nigella Lawson, in March last year

What Nigella-gate tells us about public and private space

Those who would shame a man on the street might not react the same if they witnessed a celebrity argument. That's a depressing reality for women in the public eye

Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, with his wife Leslie

'Gay cure' Christian ministry closes down after its leader apologises and admits he's attracted to men

Exodus International president Alan Chambers says he is 'deeply sorry' for hurt caused to homosexual people

Psychiatrists call for action over premature deaths of mentally ill

Experts say it is time to close the gap between treatment of physical and mental illnesses

The Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau and his 12-day old daughter demonstrate the Nipper Clipper

The Apprentice 2012 winner Tom Pellereau turns talons to safe nail-clippers for babies

Apprentice boffin Tom Pellereau is hoping his latest invention is up to scratch as he unveiled a safe nail-clipper for babies.

A sensitive look at mental illness: Claudia Hammond

The Week in Radio: World Service's The Truth About Mental Health, showed there are many ways to heal the human mind

"It was a very small room, 10 by 15 feet, without light, without a door," said the mayor of Bangalore, recalling the moment last October when he watched a man with schizophrenia being rescued from 10 years of solitary confinement in his family home outside the Indian city. "(There was) one very small window, it was kept only to feed him," the mayor continued. "You wouldn't even call it a room as there was no exit. There was no way for him to get out. It was not a room that was locked, there was a wall all around him."

Murder victim Fabiana Luzzi

Murder in Calabria: Fabiana's fate shames Italy

A teenager's brutal homicide heightens debate over attitudes to violence against women

Sana Khan, 18, from East London

Record 370,000 want to join apprenticeships

With almost 1 million youngsters looking for work, every vacancy attracts 11 applications

Rosie MacPherson

First Briton ends life through assisted suicide at Dignitas because of dementia

83-year-old travelled to Swiss clinic with family

US soldier Robert Bales to admit Afghan massacre, says lawyer

The US Army staff sergeant charged with killing 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty in a deal that requires him to recount the horrific attack for the first time, his attorney told The Associated Press.

Research by Whitehall's 'NudgeUnit' has suggested that charities could reap an annual windfall of up to £4bn if people were automatically prompted to remember good causes in their will

The ‘nudge’ that could generate £4bn annual bequest to charities

Just asking people to donate in their wills could create windfall, says Whitehall behavioural unit

Wu Yuanhong eating in his cage and shackles

Chinese schizophrenic man kept in a cage for 11 years

Wu Yuanhong beat a 13-year-old to death in his local village

Leicester's captain, the fly-half Toby Flood

Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints: Leicester out to prove they are still the local authority in derby final

Emotionally charged Saints will need to be at their best to beat the Tigers this afternoon

Eric Cantona posing at the Cannes Film Festival 2013

Ooh, aah! Eric Cantona shows off prosthetic penis in new film You and The Night at Cannes

If you thought Eric Cantona couldn’t do anything more outrageous than kung-fu kicking a football spectator, in You and The Night, the ex-footballer plays a character known as ‘The Stud’ who has a prosthetic penis so long that it would provide shade over Old Trafford.

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