Exploring our mental health
A selection of stories about the historical and social contexts of mental health.
Laura Grace Simpkins investigates her relationship with her medication and her mental health, asking if lithium is the bitter pill she has to swallow.
Cracks that let the light in
Rai Waddingham lives with voices other people cannot hear. Here she describes how she has come to accept, understand and calm her voices, and to acknowledge her strength.
How the mental health system fails Black people
Accessing mental healthcare as a Black woman can be a challenging experience. Rianna Walcott shares her story, alongside those of three other women, to reveal the barriers she faced.
Confession as therapy in the Middle Ages
The line between confession and counselling has been blurred for centuries.
Life on the line
Former Samaritans helpline volunteer Katy Georgiou recalls the desperate voices she heard during her night shifts, and those whose isolation she helped to alleviate.
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The Disobedient Future of Birth
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