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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The politics of mental health


What would a society designed for well-being look like?

Economic justice goes a long way to improving mental health up and down the socioeconomic ladder.

Welcome to barbershop therapy

Barbers in the US South are training as first responders to assist men with their mental health concerns.

What happens when mental health professionals also get sick?

It’s no wonder that almost half of all psychotherapists in the National Health Service say they feel depressed.

Social activism and the economics of mental health

Apolitical volunteering is ill-equipped to address the structural causes of depression.

The enemy between us: how inequality erodes our mental health

Inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other.

Why we should all be concerned about musicians’ mental health

Music is crucial to everyone’s wellbeing, so when musicians suffer so does the rest of society.

Why mental health is the hidden cost of the housing crisis

Our homes are supposed to be safe and welcoming, yet one in five adults in the UK suffer from mental health problems due to housing pressures.

Why aren’t we thriving at work?

With mental health problems forcing thousands of people out of their jobs, we need to fundamentally re-imagine the role that work plays in our lives.  

We need to talk about stigma within the mental health system

‘There’s nothing wrong with you; stop playing games; no one believes you.’

The real clash of civilisations

The presence or absence of conscience is perhaps the deepest human division.

Visualising mental illness

Could mapping our anxieties generate more understanding and support?

Demons and angels: strongman leaders and social violence

Politicians who live in an angry narcissistic fog pose a threat to democracy and peace.

Can contemplating death improve the quality of life?

Deep reflective thought about death can bring us closer to self-compassion and concern for the well-being of others.

Welcome to another year of transformation

We need your help to expand our coverage of deep-rooted personal and political change.

After the violence and videos, therapists learn to treat racial trauma

From specialized clinics for African Americans to social media events that take the shame out of sharing, there's a growing movement to heal the psychological scars of racism.

How war trauma is passed down through families

After VE Day, a look at how trauma can transcend generations, and the need for peacebuilding work to overcome the consequences of conflict.

Transforming the politics of makeup

Drag is everywhere. Drag is looks you created and looks you woke up with. At heart, the transformative nature of makeup is about allowing your curious self to flourish.

Why does happiness inequality matter?

According to a new report, income inequality isn't the only thing we should be concerned about.

How to decolonise mental health services

UK mental health service providers are still failing to deal with race and ethnicity.

Staying alive: Kate Bornstein gives the finger to cancer, suicide, and the gender binary

"Once you break down a huge fucking binary like gender, no other binaries seem to make sense": an interview with the much-loved trans author and artist.

I stopped eating animals because of human rights

What does the meat industry do to people’s mental health?

Workaholics anonymous: four ways to take time out

Being an effective, productive employee was everything I dreamt of. Until illness caught up with me and I had to learn to take a break.

When resting is resistance

Activists fixate on the future: impatient for the world we want to see. But falling into the capitalist trap of ceaseless productivity leads to burn out.

Work less, play more

The 40-hour work week is an ingrained part of our culture, but it does very little to enrich our lives. Here's how to do away with the nine-to-five.

Madness and oppression

What if emotional sensitivities were seen, not as mental illnesses to be cured, but as gifts to be managed in ways that help people thrive?

Why does religion turn from beauty into beast?

Trauma and abuse are common in faiths supposedly built on love. What's going on? 

We need to talk about PTSD

Using the hashtag #PTSDChat to spread the word, I paint the trauma of war veterans, rape survivors and first responders.

Politics as therapy: they want us to be just sick enough not to fight back

On 10 October it is World Mental Health Day. I used to be outgoing, but a descent into crushing depression left me housebound. After Occupy I started asking: how does social environment shape our psychology? CW.

Seven everyday things poor people worry about that rich people never do

It isn’t just poor people’s lives which differ from rich people’s lives – it's poor people's thoughts that differ from everyone else's.

It's ok for you to be fat but not for me: life beyond anorexia's lies

Recovery is about a compassionate way of being in the world, love and community. Content warning: disordered eating, suicide attempts.

The problem with safer spaces

When you make your trauma a crucial aspect of your identity, it becomes harder to heal from it.

The dangers of radical self-love

Positive thinking is no basis for social transformation. Better to seek out the truth than live in someone else’s fairy tale.

Racism is not a mental illness

Racism isn’t all in individual heads; it doesn’t just reveal itself in interpersonal relations. History, politics, and economics matter.

Cheer up ‘Bifo’—history hasn’t ended yet

What’s the relationship between capitalism and mental health? A review of Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi’s Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide.

Don’t punish yourself to make the world a better place

Why do Westerners go to extremes in following Eastern spiritual paths?

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