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Broken hearts not broken brains

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Black and white photograph showing a close up of a man's face, his eye partially closed. His head leans to the right of frame and his left hand wearing a watch rests on his right shoulder.
Tilney1, exhausted after completing the artwork. © J A Mortram.

Dolly Sen invited five contributors to share their experiences that reflect upon the idea that mental ill health has less to do with a broken brain and more to do with a broken heart, coming from things like trauma, discrimination, poverty and benefits cuts. Each contributor brings their personal experience to the often ignored social and political influences upon mental health, and shows us that the answers won’t be found by looking in to the brain, but into what makes us human.

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Dolly Sen

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Dolly Sen is a writer, speaker, performer, artist and filmmaker. She has been labelled ‘mad’ by a society that has helped to drive her mad. Queer, disabled, person of colour, she is a broken child taped together with glitter and stars. She/they.