None of us can escape from the vicious reality of our cultural obsession with 'beauty', but I was lucky to survive my body dysmorphic disorder. This is the sixth article in our politics of mental health series. Content warning: suicide attempt, self harm.
A feminist, a squatter, an environmentalist and a human rights activist speak: how does taking action affect mental health? This is the fifth article in Transformation's politics of mental health series.
Are school children
educated, socialized, or indoctrinated? If
there’s any wonder remaining in a student after being swamped with established
knowledge throughout the day, she or he would have to pursue critical thinking
in the evenings.
There is a unique hope in a stranger's kindness. Despite my catatonic state, despite barely recognising the people I loved, I knew that a society with a system that cares the way the NHS does, is somewhere I could learn to live. This is the fourth article in our politics of mental health series. Content warning.
growth is a myth. Because it ignores the social, political and personal
dimensions of sustainability, it can never cut deep enough into the structures of
self and society to secure solutions to the crises that we face.
As the corporate takeover
of public education proceeds in the US and other countries, schools cease to be
training grounds for social transformation. We are not just fighting for our children,
but for the liberation of our country.
I have Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of fleeing a forced marriage a decade ago. Writing and feminist activism helped me find a space for survival. This is the second article in Transformation's series on the politics of mental health.
We don't understand mental health, allocating the label only to those who are struggling. So good mental health, and its political causes, become invisible. An introduction to Transformation's new series on the politics of mental health. Content warning: anxiety, suicidal thoughts.
When power and
privilege are acknowledged and addressed, decisions over funding can unite people instead of dividing them. This is the
ninth article in our series on the role of money in the transformation of
You can now be imprisoned for life under Uganda's anti-homosexual law. It was pushed through by religious pastors, whose moralising arm-twisting has silenced moderate voices. If you disagree with them, you may face blackmail.
communities welcome disagreement and approach conflict constructively. Maybe
the 21st century is the time to think about
all organizations as communities, and to see where this radical
change in direction might take us.
Cities globally are starting to criminalize homelessness: banning begging and making free food provision illegal. I work within LGBTQ communities, whose multiple oppressions lead to a high level of homelessness. When I see police disrupting rough sleepers, I remember their life stories.
people connect to political issues through personal stories, they see them in a
different way. They don’t just see democracy in the abstract, they see ‘my
democracy.’ The transformative potential of storytelling is written into the fabric
of our lives.
I was bullied in school for not fitting in, while at home my father abused alcohol to cope with his pain. I learned there is something wrong with some people. To avoid this trap of authority, we must allow for the queer and glorious differences between us.
I remember when I first discovered internet porn – I was 17 years old. Fascinated by this world of unleashed sexual expression and fantasy, I couldn’t get enough of it. I thought I'd outgrow my porn habit over time. But I never did.
US school shooters weren't just pathological murderers, they were
responding to suffocating beliefs about masculinity. The 'sea of
pink', Nelson Mandela and the AIDS memorial quilt show that to
thrive, everyone needs more social room.