Alan Marks

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The label ‘incurable’ is not a justification for ending a life | Clare Allan

The rising number of people with severe mental health problems in the Netherlands who are ending their lives under Dutch euthanasia laws is deeply disturbing<p>A woman in her 20s with severe mental health problems stemming from childhood sexual abuse has been allowed to die under Dutch euthanasia laws …

BBC Radio 4 - A Point of View, Psy Wars

Will Self - with a nod to the "valetudinarian pop-person, Morrissey" - poses the question "Does the mind rule the body or the body rule the mind?"<p>Before 1960, he says, "a Briton could probably go their entire life without encountering a psychiatrist or a psychoanalyst - let alone a modish …

No wonder London’s over-55s are lonely. And getting a dog probably won’t help | Michele Hanson

People can be lonely anywhere, at any age – partly because the places for socialising are disappearing because of local council cuts<p>Back in 2010, the Mental Health Foundation found that 18- to 34-year-olds were more lonely than the over 55s; last year the whole UK was found to be the “loneliness …

Can You Tell If Your Loved Ones Are Lonely?

A new study suggests yes, but it depends on the relationship.<p>People are often unwilling to admit being lonely. They may be ashamed of feeling that way, and want to be seen positively by friends and family—better that they imagine you to be a sparkling social butterfly than a cocooned …

Psychology

The Three Types of Happiness

Things can make people happier than experiences, a study finds, depending on the kind of happiness being measured<p>Stuff has gotten a bad rap of late—mostly for its incompatibility with other lifestyle trends. It won’t fit in your tiny house. Marie Kondo thinks it should be eschewed entirely unless …

Happiness

BBC Radio 4 - Today, 07/04/2016, Barrister on supplying 'chemsex' drugs that killed boyfriend

On January 20 2015 barrister Henry Hendron woke to find Miguel Jimenez, his 18-year-old boyfriend from Colombia, dead next to him in his flat in central London.<p>Police found 60 bags of mephedrone, also known as meow meow, in the flat, and bottles of a so-called party drug GBL.<p>Henry Hendron has …

What Reaction to Kehlani's Attempted Suicide Teaches Us About the Mental Health Stigma

If someone were to tell you they were depressed, what you would do?<p>What about if they said they had anxiety? What if somebody were to tell you they …

Mental Health

People Want Power Because They Want Autonomy

New research suggests being in charge is appealing because it offers freedom—not because it allows people to control others.<p>Power is a force that needs an object: To have power, a person has to have it over something, or someone.<p>One would think that this would be the appeal of power—to be able to …

Psychology

Sharing the pain: how Scotland cut male suicide rates | Eleanor Tucker

Local schemes providing places where men feel safe to talk have helped in reducing the number of suicides, but campaigners say more still needs to be done<p>It’s a dark January afternoon in Penicuik, Midlothian, and George arrives at the town hall. If he didn’t have a place like this nearby, where he …

Listen: Andrew Solomon on why depression can be as serious as heart disease

<b>Andrew Solomon ©Annie Liebovitz</b><p>When it comes to depression we suffer from a poverty of language. So argues Andrew Solomon in conversation with …

Mental Health

Joan Bakewell 'deeply sorry' over anorexia comments

<b>Labour peer Joan Bakewell says she is "deeply sorry" for causing "distress" by suggesting the rise of eating disorders among teenagers was a sign of "narcissism" in society.</b><p>She told The Sunday Times "no one has anorexia in societies where there is not enough food", and it was a sign of "the …

Mental Health

Doctor urged psychiatric care for Germanwings pilot

A private doctor recommended that the German pilot who crashed a Germanwings jet into the Alps last year should be treated in a psychiatric hospital two weeks before the disaster, French investigators have said.<p>Prosecutors believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who had a history of severe depression, …

BBC Three - Professor Green: Suicide and Me

UK rapper Professor Green, aka Stephen Manderson, takes an intensely personal journey to uncover the truth behind the suicide of his father seven years ago. His platinum hit Read All About It and songs such as Goodnight have given fans a glimpse into this tragic story. But now for the first time …

Mental Health

William and Kate to champion efforts to prevent suicide

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to meet a mental health campaigner and the man who saved him from taking his own life when they champion …

Mental Health

BBC Radio 4 - In Therapy, Series 1 - Available now

Susie Orbach meets Louise and Richard, who are expecting their first child in a few days.<p>Susie Orbach has her first meeting with Jo, a new patient and an out-of-work actress.<p>Psychotherapist Susie Orbach meets John, a retired railway trade unionist.<p>Susie Orbach meets school secretary Harriet, who is …

Leave my iPhone alone: why our smartphones are extensions of ourselves

Our phones provide connection, communication and knowledge – and have become part of our identities. No wonder privacy violations bother us so much<p>Related: Inside the FBI's encryption battle with Apple<p>Apple’s recent refusal to abide by a court order to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone has …

Mental Health Funding Is Only Part of the Battle to Save Lives

I am a lucky man. Depression is my Achilles heel, but my life support are my friends and family. In my most mentally turbulent days I had a stream of …

Mental Health

Facebook Rolls Out Anti

Open this story in Apple News.<p>For the best reading experience, open this story on a device with Apple News. It may also be available on the …

NHS vows to transform mental health services with extra £1bn a year

Taskforce calls for provision of 24/7 support for people in crisis and 10% reduction in suicide rates<p>People facing mental health crises will be able to get community care 24 hours a day, seven days a week as part of the biggest transformation of NHS mental health services in England for a …

BBC Radio 4 - John Finnemore's Double Acts, Series 1, A Flock of Tigers

A seemingly ordinary train ride turns into an unexpected adventure for Edmund and Dolorosa.<p>Celia Imrie and Charles Edwards star in the first of six two-handers written by Cabin Pressure's John Finnemore.<p>Cast:<br>Dolorosa.............Celia Imrie<br>Edmund..............Charles Edwards<p>Written by John …

The problem with most NHS-recommended mental health apps? There's no evidence they actually work

The unmet need for mental health services is reaching an unprecedented level thanks to rising demand and continually falling NHS resources. Monthly …

Hidden crisis: 80% of hospital doctors are considering early retirement due to stress

Research into the health of health workers is a source of great contention and, often, more than a degree of irony. A new survey of senior hospital …

Trauma Workers Find Solace In A Pause That Honors Life After A Death

Jonathan Bartels is a nurse working in emergency care. He says witnessing death over and over again takes a toll on trauma workers — they can become numb or burned out.<p>But about two years ago, after Bartels and his team at the University of Virginia Medical Center, in Charlottesville, Va., tried …

The Best Time for a Break Might Be the Mid-Morning, Not the Afternoon

The afternoon is when most of us hit a productivity wall and feel the need for a break, but a new study suggests that it might be better to conserve …

The people who make last wishes come true

<b>Earlier this year a photograph was released showing a woman on a stretcher in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. She was there to take a final look at her favourite Rembrandt painting. Her visit had been made possible by a Dutch charity that helps terminally ill patients fulfil their last wish.</b><p>"I've learned …

Empathy

The Waiting Wall: the display board that reveals our darkest thoughts

This week, a digital art project posts anonymously submitted confessions in Brighton train station. Is it cathartic release or a prime target for pranksters?<p>The Waiting Wall pitches private thoughts into a public space. For a week from 21 September until 27 September, the main digital advertising …

Paul Verhaeghe, "What About Me?: The Struggle for Identity in a Market-Based Society"

Paul VerhaegheView on AmazonFeeling exhausted, hopeless, and anxious? You might be suffering from symptoms of neoliberalism, according to Paul …

Inside Out and the ‘Science’ of Emotions

No film in recent years has had quite as much input from the field of psychology as Disney and Pixar’s latest offering, <i>Inside Out</i>. Charming though …

Psychology

The psychological toll of being off-duty but "on call"

That increasingly common end-of-day feeling: of physically leaving the office, only for it to tag along home. Thanks largely to technology, our …

Psychology

Depression, the secret we share

"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal …