Holyrood confronts damage done to mental health by Universal Credit
The Scottish Parliament will consider a recent report from the Scottish Association for Mental Health, which warns that the infamous welfare reform has caused hardship and emotional distress to those with mental health problems
Sonny Hallett: Why the crisis in autistic mental health should matter to all of us
In the final contribution to CommonSpace’s week of special coverage on the mental health crisis, Sonny Hallett, chair of AMASE (Autistic Mutual Aid Society Edinburgh) and co-author of a recent report on autism and mental health services, explains why things need to change so services “account for difference and diversity”
Chris Ballance: Better mental health must mean taking back control of our own lives
CommonSpace reader and former arts & mental health charity organiser, Chris Ballance contributes to our special week of coverage on the mental health crisis.
I SEE TWO categories of mental dis-ease. Like types 1 & 2 diabetes, one is inbuilt, arising from some chemical or physical failing of the body; the other grows from pressures put on us by life (and lifestyle). Type 1 requires pharmaceutical intervention. Type 2 requires person-centred non-medical support, though may also require acute short-term pharma intervention, in its most extreme forms.
Older people and mental health: Is 'tackling loneliness' enough?
CommonSpace journalist Rhiannon J Davies takes a look at older people and mental health issues, a conversation that is often forgotten.
“IT’S the loneliness,” says Mandy, 62, based in Clydesdale. “When you’re in a room on your own and you sit and start to think ‘why bother washing the dishes; who’s going to see it? Why wash my hair today – it can wait another couple of days yet.”
Scott Macdonald: The gauntlet of shame that is life in modern Britain can be overcome
Scott Macdonald, social media organiser for the SSP, contributes to our special week of coverage on the mental health crisis. He argues that precarity and isolation are the products of a social system that is not socialist enough.
THERE is a harmful, shameful sense that your value as a person is how desirable you are. In this atomised and broken society, you’re not alone in feeling put on. Throughout our lives, we run through a gauntlet of shame - of always feeling like less than our fullest selves.