Doctors and patients need to question unnecessary procedures, writes Dr Margaret McCartney.
Rafael Behr talks to Maurice Saatchi.
Sleeplessness is difficult to cope with, and can result in dizziness, paranoia and hallucinations. But chronic insomnia sufferer Nicky Woolf reckons he'll see the sunrise more times than you will.
Domestic violence, especially related to an intimate partner, is inextricably connected to mental illness. Faridah Newman explains how mental illness can often represent a vulnerability which is exploited by abusive partners.
Mental health is a complicated thing, problems arise for complicated reasons, and the idea that it’s simply a question of being unable to cope with bad things is deeply unhelpful.
While dealing with the beak-faced bastard of her own depression, Eleanor Margolis worries she's a traitor for perpetuating the “crazy lesbian” stereotype.
We’re brilliant at defending the mentally ill in principle, but we can be terrible at hiding our revulsion at some of the sick people we’ve encountered in the flesh.
A novelist's account of depression and the struggle to find words to describe it.
Each day this week, the New Statesman website will be hosting a blog exploring mental health issues.
Tanya Gold writes that "motherhood and autonomy can never coexist" - but how does that affect the debate over abortion?
The battle over outsourcing for Suffolk’s community health services in Sudbury is a warning for the rest of the country - the future of the NHS is going to be fragmented.
On middle class exceptionalism and why despite his intervention in the Independent, Andrew Wakefield is still wrong.
The Lancet is leading with a series of articles on health inequalities in Europe, and while the series as a whole is fascinating, there was one chart in particular which stood out for me, in the article "Health and health systems in the Commonwealth of Independent States":
Young women from BME backgrounds are discovering that there's more to hiking than the white middle class stereotype.
Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out in London" column.
Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.
David Livingstone’s life and death in Africa helped mould the Victorian missionary myth of exploration and sparked the Scramble for Africa. Yet he was never a typical imperialist and he left a powerfully charitable legacy.
Universal healthcare is the least citizens should expect. To make the NHS better for patients, politicians, press and public alike need to cultivate a healthly scepticism towards it, not give it unlimited adulation.
There are interesting parallels between the Francis report and the Macpherson inquiry report into the death of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence.
Hospital staff and managers should be prosecuted if patients are harmed as a result of poor care, inquiry finds.
. . . and the Jeremy Hunt coconut shy went down a storm.
Existing policy in the UK is rooted in the false assumption that if you make something illegal, people will stop doing it.
To cut this well-performing hospital would be to reward failure and punish success.
Wrinkled wet fingers belong in the bigger evolutionary picture, scientists reveal.
Medicalising natural and normal responses to life experiences is a dangerous game.
Ill-informed opinions rather than facts have shaped the public debate about drugs and their effects, and for far too long, argues David Nutt.
A dialogue between Archbishop Rowan Williams and Michel Sidibé of UNAIDS for World Aids Day.