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.
Like this page on Facebook for updates
Saturday 25 January 2014
The man was given the sentence despite having a history mental illness
Wednesday 22 January 2014
A wide variety of DNA mutations which differ from one person to another might play a decisive role in triggering schizophrenia according to two of the largest studies to date into the complex genetics of the mental disorder.
Tuesday 21 January 2014
Nathan Filer's debut novel recently won the Costa First Novel Award. Written by a psychiatric nurse, it is a tragi-comic look at a man's descent into schizophrenia. The novel is written from the point of view of 19-year-old Matthew, who starts off recalling a holiday 10 years earlier with his parents and brother Simon, who had Down's syndrome. We learn early on that Simon died during that holiday, though we don't find out exactly how until later.
Friday 13 December 2013
Thamsanqa Jantjie, who described himself as a schizophrenic, is reported to have faced a string of criminal charges since 1994
Thursday 12 December 2013
The ruling South African political party had denied any knowledge of Thamsanqa Jantjie after Tuesday's service
Thursday 12 December 2013
Thamsanqa Jantjie said he may have suffered a schizophrenic episode, and that there was ‘nothing he could do’ when he started hearing voices and hallucinating
Thursday 14 November 2013
We must ensure that our desire to protect vulnerable people from media exploitation doesn’t result in censorship of mental health issues
Wednesday 13 November 2013
David Nath explains why he hopes his ‘Bedlam’ TV series will help change ingrained attitudes to psychotic illness
Tuesday 12 November 2013
Some people have been hounded out of jobs, or sacked on the spot when their employers found about their illness
Monday 11 November 2013
Can officers justify the weapon’s increased use? Jamie Merrill is put in charge for a Met simulation
Homeless man John Ward sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering two Big Issue sellers in frenzied Birmingham knife attack
Tuesday 15 October 2013
23-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after killing Wayne Busst and Ian Watson-Gladwish
Monday 07 October 2013
Victims say they are not taken seriously by police and fear being sectioned if they report assaults
Tuesday 20 August 2013
New research claims molecule measured in bloodstream can identify people intent on taking their own life
Sunday 18 August 2013
As the big beast of the Premier League is released from its cage once again, it's all too easy to forget that football is simply about a bunch of boys (or girls) chasing a ball around, not pampered heroes and image rights. Maybe the game can bring out the worst in people but it also provides an escape.
Wednesday 14 August 2013
Suspect ‘believed a device had been implanted in his brain’ according to police
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests