Mental health

Surrey county council has abolished night time

30 January 2021 9:00 am

An everlasting lightbulb brighter than the Dog Star was installed in the street lamp outside my house one morning as…

The horrifying toll of lockdown on the poor and mentally ill

30 January 2021 9:00 am

I start the week with someone throwing faeces at me. I thought people were supposed to clap for doctors these…

Join me for weekly Scream If You’re Going Round The Bend

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Never mind Clap for Carers, I’m trying to start a new weekly morale booster called Scream If You’re Going Round…

Trauma has become as American as apple pie

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Lord Belhaven and Stenton, a wonderful man and the quintessential English gentleman, died at 93 just before the end…

How to be content

10 October 2020 9:00 am

The Covid-19 pandemic is apparently causing a large number of mental health problems. On that subject, one could do a…

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Is liberalism really a mental illness?

16 September 2020 9:22 am

Conservative pundits like Michael Savage and Mark Dice like to ruffle feathers by claiming that liberalism is a mental disorder.…

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Kanye West is the sanest presidential candidate

24 July 2020 5:51 am

Kanye West has again proven his ability to draw the attention, fascination and ire of the public — this time…

The importance of the Natural Health Service

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Spending time outside is vital for mental health

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Time to scrap the Goldwater Rule

11 March 2020 3:01 am

This article is in The Spectator’s April 2020 US edition. Subscribe here to get yours. There are few ironclad rules in…

The latest fad: eating your way to better mental health

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

The latest fad involves eating your way to better mental health

What I’ve learned from five months sleeping on the streets

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Over the years, I have spent around five months sleeping rough on the streets of London, Birmingham and New York,…

I like Brassic but the reason it’s getting such glowing notices is depressing

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Brassic (Sky One) feels like the sort of TV comedy drama they last made about 15 years ago but would…

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Joe Biden isn’t ‘gaffe-prone’, he’s losing his mind

17 August 2019 4:11 am

‘Gaffe?’ Who invented this nonsensical term? Its only common usage seems to be among political journalists and pundits, as a…

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

We’re training our children to be thin-skinned, censorious and belligerently entitled

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

Why many mothers with post-natal depression now dread a visit from social services

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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

Hedonism, tragedy and me