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.
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TV review: Football, Madness and Me, BBC3 - For Jamal, football is one of the few ways he can be free
Wednesday 14 August 2013
For all the glamour of the Premiership, the real thing that gives the Beautiful Game its beauty is the indelible joy of playing the game. From a kick-about in the park to Villa Park, the actual joy of participation tends to outweigh watching others play the game. Which is why – during summer Olympic, cycling, cricketing or tennis glories – it’s frustrating when the behaviour of a few in the upper echelons of the game gives people a stick to beat football with.
Monday 05 August 2013
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Monday 05 August 2013
Arrest after tourist dies in car rampage
Tuesday 09 July 2013
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Wednesday 19 June 2013
The child killer suffers from long-term paranoid schizophrenia which does not "just fade away and die", according to the clinician in charge of his care
Wednesday 05 June 2013
Paranoid schizophrenic Matthew Tvrdon, 31, admitted the manslaughter of Karina Menzies through diminished responsibility last month
Monday 27 May 2013
Wu Yuanhong beat a 13-year-old to death in his local village
Saturday 18 May 2013
In the roll-call of student summer reading certain volumes stand out, including Desmond Morris's body language phenomenon The Naked Ape and Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull. To those can be added a volume by Robert M Pirsig that snuggled its way into every hitchhiker's hand-crocheted body satchel. Unlike Bach, whose books were like being hit with a wiffle bat full of pot-pourri, Pirsig is the real deal. Born in 1928, this precocious university student was eventually expelled for studying too hard, after growing bewildered by the choice of multiple hypotheses in his chosen field, biochemistry. Overwhelmed by the limitations of science, he tackled Eastern philosophy instead, spending time in India before returning to a US college.
Tuesday 14 May 2013
If we only ever talk about schizophrenia in the context of a violent murder, is it any surprise that the public think people with mental illness are dangerous?
Police treatment of the mentally ill case study: Sean Rigg died after being restrained with 'unsuitable force'
Friday 10 May 2013
Sean Rigg, a musician who died shortly after being arrested by police, had a 20-year history of mental illness.
Damning report: Mistakes by police dealing with people suffering from mental illness could have contributed to dozens of deaths
Friday 10 May 2013
Multiple mistakes by police in dealing with people suffering from mental illness could have contributed to dozens of deaths, an independent commission concluded today.
Saturday 13 April 2013
Scientists have identified a group of patients with a genetic predisposition to mental illness, opening up for the first time the prospect of personalised medicine in psychiatry.
Saturday 30 March 2013
The strange tale of a man with demons
Wednesday 27 March 2013
Two serving and one retired Metropolitan Police officer were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
Wednesday 06 March 2013
People suffering from mental illness are almost five times more likely to be victims of murder than the general population, researchers have found .
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