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Minimalist Postcards Merge Philosophy with Graphic Design

London-based graphic designer Genis Carreras just completed his full set of minimalist postcards that beautifully merge philosophy with graphic design. Many of you loved his first works, which we wrote about almost a year ago today. You can see the second part of the fantastic series, below.<p>Called</i> …

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9 Mind-Expanding Books Of Philosophy That Are Actually Readable (A Guide To Practical Philosophy)

Very few people wake up and think “I need philosophy.” This is perfectly understandable. But of course, everyone has their own problems and are …

On the xkcd Philosophy of Technology, Briefly

Before I say anything else, let me say this: I get where this is coming from, really, I do.<p>This is a recent <i>xkcd</i> comic that you may have seen in the …

Teaching philosophy to children? It's a great idea

Recently I’ve seen a spate of articles along the lines of "what philosophy can do for you", focusing on the high results that philosophy students score on standardised tests, the marketability of philosophical skills, and the impressive earning potential of philosophy graduates. I’ve even seen …

The philosophy shortlist: Our top 10 articles

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The 13 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2013

After the best biographies, memoirs, and history books of 2013, the season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists continue with the most stimulating psychology and philosophy books published this year. (Catch up on the 2012 roundup here and 2011’s here.)<p>1. ON LOOKING: ELEVEN WALKS WITH …

Mental Health Apps: Like A 'Therapist In Your Pocket'

As the computing power of cell phones increases, more and more sophisticated mobile apps are being developed for the mental health field. They're seen as a way to bridge periodic therapy sessions — a sort of 24-7 mobile therapist that can help with everything from quitting smoking to treating …

Mental health of women in crisis

Almost a third of women aged over 18 have taken antidepressants, according to research published today which its authors claim reveals "generations of women in crisis" with mental health problems.<p>According to a survey of more than 2,000 girls and women in England and Wales, around two-thirds have …

How to improve patient engagement in mental health

As Angela McNab highlighted, mental health services continue to suffer institutional disadvantage when compared to physical health. Similarly, despite a recent spike in interest, mental health does not enjoy comparable column inches and, where it does, it is typically for all the wrong reasons. …

Treating Mental Illness

There is a known way of saving patients from being a danger to themselves and others.<p>Two new studies should lead to a radical change in how we treat …

Mental Health

Health and social care integration: how do we make it work?

Public sector management goes through waves of mania for particular buzzwords and concepts. In health and social care, "integration" is the latest mantra for improving care.<p>While our health and social care system often divides and separates us – think organisational structure, payment mechanisms …

Met police policy on callouts to mental health patients angers hospital staff

The Metropolitan police have ordered officers not to respond to calls from mental health units and emergency departments for help to control and restrain patients unless there is a "significant threat to life or limb".<p>The police decision, seen within mental health units as a significant change in …

Warning of NHS mental health crisis

The mental health service in England is in crisis, according to a leading psychiatrist, as new figures show many trusts are running at full capacity.<br>More than 1,500 mental health beds have been closed since April 2011, representing a reduction of 9%, an investigation found. The care minister Norman …

Should Mental Health Be a Primary-Care Doctor’s Job?

Patients occasionally ask me if I’ll be the doctor who’ll take out a gallbladder or deliver a baby. I tell them, “You deserve better.” I’m a primary-care internist, and my expertise is broader than it is deep. I manage high blood pressure and cholesterol but refer people with heart attacks to …

UK should be ashamed of its treatment of mental health patients

The fate of the mentally ill is being adversely affected not only by mental health service cuts (Report, 16 October; Letters, 18 October) but by broader societal circumstances too.<p>Poor people develop mental illness earlier in life and have longer durations of untreated illness. Individuals with …

Mentally ill people are taking up a huge amount of police time

Reports that a man is threatening to slash someone's throat before stabbing himself are radioed to Brent police officers at 5.30pm on a Thursday in August. As the unit closest to the scene, PC Paul Jones and his colleague turn on the sirens and radio back for more information. An ambulance is …

Mental health counselling on NHS will be a right, says Burnham

A Labour government will enshrine the right to counselling for mental health problems in the NHS constitution, just as people have a right to drugs and treatment for mental illness, Andy Burnham will promise today.<p>Burnham, the shadow health secretary, will say at a conference on mental health and …

Is a Health Coach Better Than an Overworked Doctor?

Suzanne Koven was walking in the rain when she slipped, fell and fractured her right shoulder. It took surgery and months of physical therapy to heal.<p>…

Scheme sees police work with mental health staff to manage crisis call-outs

A man in his 50s has been drinking heavily in his Loughborough flat all morning and is now threatening to kill himself. He's tearful as he describes his loneliness and mother's death a few years ago. He repeatedly tells the police officers to go away. But as PC Alex Crisp explains: "Police officers …

Charities attack treatment delays for mental health patients

More than one in 10 people with mental health problems are waiting for longer than a year before receiving talking treatments and more than half are waiting longer than three months, mental health charities and practitioners have found.<p>The We Need to Talk Coalition said that delays and a lack of …