Asylums, Optimism, and Moral Treatment: Was Victorian mental health care as cruel as we believe?

By Kerry Lindeque When we picture Victorian-era asylums and mental illness images of brutal treatment, inadequate living conditions and physical punishment come to mind. But this was not always the case. In the early 1800s, attitude towards care of the mentally ill shifted away from security and containment and towards a system that ‘aimed to […]

Reductionism and Mental Health: Looking beyond explanation

By Aisling McGee In a world where we seek clear answers and solutions to all things, in which precision and reduction seems to move our modern world, mental health fails to fit into this neat and reducible construction. Sanitation and vaccination initiatives remain the success stories of the reducible scientific precision that has characterised the […]

Legacies of Mental Suffering: How do the responses to war and the COVID-19 crisis emphasise a critical need for further support?

By Elodie Lunniss Dispirited and down encapsulates how masses of people across the globe are feeling in these distressing times. By the first week of April, over half of the 7.8 billion people that inhabit the earth were under lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Such an absence of normality and the anxiety surrounding […]