Creative Writing from the Archive: R.D. Laing and Mental Health

We can think of Laing as a voice: Kooky, wise, sympathetic, abrasive, perhaps a voice, I think more and more, with a hint of Hume or Adam Smith in its cadences. To many, for sure, a voice of understanding – “Laing knows me far better than you: he speaks to me,” a patient, who’d never Read the full article…

Alternative Psychiatric Narratives: Exploring non-traditional texts, voices, and spaces

Alternative Psychiatric Narratives is a conference taking place at Birkbeck on 16-17 May 2014. One of its convenors, PhD candidate Janet Weston, considers some of its themes in relation to her own research.   When I began my PhD research in the history of medicine just over a year ago, I hadn’t given much thought Read the full article…

The Mental Health Recovery Archive, The Wellcome Trust – review of its ‘soft launch’ (9 December 2013)

Roz Oates, a doctoral student in Durham’s Centre for Medical Humanities and Department of Geography, who is also part of the Hearing the Voice research team, writes: The Mental Health Recovery Archive at the Wellcome Trust On Monday 9 December, I attended a Mental Health Recovery Symposium at the Wellcome Trust in London. This event Read the full article…

Recovery Archive at the Wellcome Trust (Project and Symposium, Wellcome Trust, December 9 2013)

Professor Jerome Carson writes: A PhD researcher, Anna Sexton, who is an archivist, has established a Recovery Archive on the Omeka system. It features work from four people with lived experience of mental health problems. These are Peter Bullimore, Andrew Voyce, Dolly Sen and Stuart Baker-Brown. The site features a variety of contributions from each author. Read the full article…