Mental health

The daunting, uplifting prose of The Psalms

20 April 2019 9:00 am

As if in defiance of the BBC’s current obsession with programming designed to entice in that elusive young and modish…

Self-Help goes mainstream – can Marianne Power survive her own quest?

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Is there anyone left who’d still be mortified to have it known that they’d purchased, or maybe even benefited from,…

Antidepressants saved me – but they made my mental health worse

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Antidepressants saved my life, I am sure of that. But I am also certain they made my mental illness much…

Unsensitive, Unhumane and Uncredible: Unsane reviewed

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, Unsane, is a psychological thriller about a woman who is incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital even…

Don’t let these figures depress you, girls

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Are British teenagers suffering from an epidemic of mental illness? Yes, according to a ‘government-funded study’ which found that 24…

Seeing the light

23 September 2017 9:00 am

‘You can’t lie… on radio,’ says Liza Tarbuck. The Radio 2 DJ was being interviewed for the network’s birthday portrait,…

Generation Snowflake: how we train our kids to be censorious cry-babies

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Another week, another spate of barmy campus bans and ‘safe space’ shenanigans by a new breed of hyper–sensitive censorious youth.…

I came out feeling euphoric and disorientated: Young Vic’s Blue/Orange reviewed

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall enjoys the dubious status of a modern classic. A black mental-health patient, Christopher, is about to…

Beware the baby-snatchers: how social services can ruin your family

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Baby George was born into a happy family. His mother and father love him dearly. He lives in a cottage…

A musician plays in the lobby of the Regal hotel in Hong Kong. Photo: Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg/Getty Images

If we really cared about mental health, muzak would be a top priority

30 January 2016 9:00 am

No one is consulted. No one is held to account. No one has the authority to turn it off. How…

Dear Mary: A horrid woman accused me of hogging a spare train seat

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Q. I regularly travel on the Ashford-St Pancras train and usually put my case on the seat next to me…

Losing my son and the end of my life’s summer

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Growing up in the West Country in the 1960s and 1970s, summer left me cold. There was only one place…

The troubled ex-informers neglected by MI5

15 August 2015 9:00 am

When a terrorist group is active in the UK — as Islamist extremists and dissident republicans are at the moment…

Why American psychoanalysts are an endangered species

25 April 2015 9:00 am

   New York City Nothing says New York like a psychoanalyst’s couch. Think Woody Allen or those New Yorker cartoons.…

Could you afford to take a job with the royal family?

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Royally paid Staff at Windsor Castle were balloted in strike action over pay. What can you earn in the royal…

Back to Bedlam: Patrick Skene Catling on the book that makes madness visible

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Madness is an ancient, evidently inscrutable mystery, often regarded with superstitious fear, yet can provide a refuge from reality. Sometimes,…

How we drive our children mad

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Mental health is a slippery concept at best and according to the annual prevalence rates given in the latest Diagnostic…

Let Greece leave the eurozone

21 February 2015 9:00 am

To listen to Greek government ministers addressing the outside world during their breaks from negotiations with eurozone leaders this week,…

The cult of 'mindfulness'

1 November 2014 9:00 am

The chances are that by now either you or someone you know well has begun to practise ‘mindfulness’ — a…

Churchgoing is good for you (even if you don’t believe in God)

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Few people, don’t you find, are as irritating as those who define themselves as Spiritual But Not Religious? There was…

The Shock of the Fall is a worthy Costa Book of the Year

15 February 2014 9:00 am

About 30 pages in and unable to find my bearings, I flipped to the end of this novel — well,…

If Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn’t happy, what hope is there for us?

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Celebrity deaths have no decorum. From Elvis on his toilet to Whitney face down in her bathtub, their last moments…