The S Factor (A Poem by Sandy Jeffs)

The S Factor For Heidi Sometimes Craziness creates a Heightened Illumination of the Zeitgeist Originality its Privilege Humour its Revenge Every outsider Nonconformist work of art is an Ingenious Act of lunacy. © Sandy Jeffs 2013 Sandy Jeffs is an Australian poet and community educator. Her memoir Flying with Paper Wings: Reflections on Living with Read the full article…

The Madwoman in This Poem (A Poem by Sandy Jeffs)

The Madwoman in This Poem After Bronwen Wallace The Madwoman in this poem Lives on the twenty-second floor Of a block of flats Her husband and children gone Each day she waits for a letter That never comes Her wrists carry a flurry of scars Her arms are dotted with cigarette burns Every day she Read the full article…

Concepts of Mental Health (Call for Participants, British Postgraduate Philosophy Association Masterclass, April 2013)

BPPA Masterclass 2013 April 12th-13th University College London A unique opportunity for graduate researchers within the field of philosophy and mental health has just been announced. This year’s British Postgraduate Philosophy Association masterclass will be on concepts of mental health. A masterclass involves a mixture of seminars, group-workshops, presentations by students and experts and critical discussion. The small number Read the full article…

Wonder: Art and Science on the Brain (London, Spring 2013)

Charles Fernyhough, Director of Hearing the Voice and CMH affiliate, will be speaking on “Psychiatric and neurological knowledge of psychosis and its clinical representation in cinema” at a Cinema and Psychosis event on 17 March. For details visit the ‘films’ section of the Wonder: Art and Science on the Brain Website.

Narrative Psychiatry and the Little Red Alfa – Dr Philip Thomas (Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland Public Lecture, Edinburgh, 11 March 2013)

The Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland is delighted to announce its second public lecture: Narrative Psychiatry and the Little Red Alfa Dr Philip Thomas 11 March 2013 Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Teviot Lecture Theatre, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh Narrative Psychiatry and the Little Red Alfa:  Psychiatry is having to face Read the full article…

Project Launch: “Schizophrenia: reception, semantic shift and criticism of a concept in the 20th century”

Anke Maatz writes: I am pleased to announce the launch of ‘Schizophrenia: reception, semantic shift and criticism of a concept in the 20th century. An interdisciplinary project.’ Based in Zurich where in 1908, Eugen Bleuler introduced the term ‘schizophrenia’ into the medical discourse, this three year long SNF-funded project aims at providing a detailed analysis Read the full article…

‘Medicated’ and ‘McMadness’ (Two Poems by Sandy Jeffs)

Medicated Roll up, roll up Join me on the medication trolley I’ve been on it for years I’ve been Largactiled with bitter syrup I’ve been Pimozided & Mellarilled & numbed I was so Stelazined I was like a cat on a hot tin roof I’ve been Modectated into a shuffle & Clozapined into a stupor Read the full article…

Cold Chemical Comfort (A Poem by Sandy Jeffs)

Cold Chemical Comfort After Wislawa Szymborska I’m an antipsychotic I mend broken minds Let me turn your paranoia into trust Your confusion into clarity I’ll expel those voices And tame your wild delusions I’ll numb your pain and deaden your anxiety I know how to lighten your load In the absence of family and friends. Read the full article…