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Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Aboriginal Child at School     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
About Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Acta Academica     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Acta Universitaria     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Adeptus     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Advocate: Newsletter of the National Tertiary Education Union     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
African Historical Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
AFRREV IJAH : An International Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Agriculture and Human Values     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Akademika : Journal of Southeast Asia Social Sciences and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Aldébaran     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Altre Modernità     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Amaltea. Revista de mitocrítica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Imago     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
American Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
American Review of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Anabases     Open Access  
Analyse & Kritik. Zeitschrift f     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Antik Tanulmányok     Full-text available via subscription  
Antipode     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 45)
Anuario Americanista Europeo     Open Access  
Arbutus Review     Open Access  
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Ars & Humanitas     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Asia Europe Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Behaviour & Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 52)
Behemoth     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Bereavement Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Cahiers de praxématique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Child Care     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Choreographic Practices     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Chronicle of Philanthropy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Claroscuro     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Co-herencia     Open Access  
Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Cogent Arts & Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Colloquia Humanistica     Open Access  
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Congenital Anomalies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cornish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Creative Industries Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Critical Arts : South-North Cultural and Media Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cultural History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 49)
Culturas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Culture, Theory and Critique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Daedalus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Dandelion : Postgraduate Arts Journal & Research Network     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Death Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Digital Humanities Quarterly     Open Access   (Followers: 53)
Diogenes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Doct-Us Journal     Open Access  
Dorsal Revista de Estudios Foucaultianos     Open Access  
e-Hum : Revista das Áreas de Humanidade do Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Early Modern Culture Online     Open Access   (Followers: 38)
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Eighteenth-Century Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
En-Claves del pensamiento     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Études arméniennes contemporaines     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études canadiennes / Canadian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études de lettres     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
European Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
European Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Expositions     Full-text available via subscription  
Fronteras : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Frontiers in Digital Humanities     Open Access  
Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences     Hybrid Journal  
GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
German Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
German Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
Germanic Review, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Globalizations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Gothic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung     Hybrid Journal  
Habitat International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Hacettepe Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Heritage & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
History of Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Hopscotch: A Cultural Review     Full-text available via subscription  
Human Affairs     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Human Nature     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Human Performance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Human Remains and Violence : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Human Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
humanidades     Open Access  
Humanitaire     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Hungarian Cultural Studies     Open Access  
Hungarian Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Inkanyiso : Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Inter Faculty     Open Access  
Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Arab Culture, Management and Sustainable Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
International Journal of Heritage Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Humanities of the Islamic Republic of Iran     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of Listening     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of the Classical Tradition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
ÍSTMICA. Revista de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Jangwa Pana     Open Access  
Jewish Culture and History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Journal de la Société des Américanistes     Open Access  
Journal des africanistes     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal for Cultural Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal for General Philosophy of Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal for Learning Through the Arts     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal for New Generation Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism     Hybrid Journal  
Journal for Semitics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal Of Advances In Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Aesthetics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
Journal of African American Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of African Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of African Elections     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Arts & Communities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Cultural Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Cultural Geography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 24)
Journal of Developing Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Family Theory & Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Franco-Irish Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Happiness Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Journal of Interactive Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Intercultural Communication Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Intercultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Interdisciplinary History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Labor Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Medical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
Journal of Modern Greek Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Modern Jewish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Open Humanities Data     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Semantics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Visual Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Journal Sampurasun : Interdisciplinary Studies for Cultural Heritage     Open Access  
Jurisprudence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
L'Orientation scolaire et professionnelle     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
La lettre du Collège de France     Open Access  
La Revue pour l’histoire du CNRS     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Lagos Notes and Records     Full-text available via subscription  
Language and Intercultural Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Language Resources and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Law and Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Law, Culture and the Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Le Portique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Leadership     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
Legal Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Legon Journal of the Humanities     Full-text available via subscription  
Letras : Órgano de la Facultad de Letras y Ciencias Huamans     Open Access  
Literary and Linguistic Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe     Open Access  
Lwati : A Journal of Contemporary Research     Full-text available via subscription  
Measurement     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Medical Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Medieval Encounters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Médiévales     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Mélanges de la Casa de Velázquez     Partially Free   (Followers: 1)
Memory Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Mens : revue d'histoire intellectuelle et culturelle     Full-text available via subscription  
Messages, Sages and Ages     Open Access  
Mind and Matter     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Mneme - Revista de Humanidades     Open Access  
Modern Italy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Motivation Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Mouseion     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Museum International Edition Francaise     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
National Academy Science Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Nationalities Papers     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Natures Sciences Sociétés     Full-text available via subscription  
Neophilologus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
New German Critique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
New West Indian Guide     Open Access   (Followers: 1)

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Journal Cover Medical Humanities
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   ISSN (Print) 1468-215X - ISSN (Online) 1473-4265
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  • Arctic paws
    • Authors: Hodson N.
      Abstract: A translation of Epigram V.9 by Martial (c. AD38 – c. 103)Under the weather, I was:Languishing on level six.You were quick to come by, Prof Symmachus.Poke your head round the curtain to check I don't mindBefore a hundred disciples pour in behind.(A hundred drizzles of alcohol gel)Didn't feel all that bright as the first took my wrist;By the last I was septic as well.Epigram V.9MartialLanguebam: sed tu comitatus protinus ad me uenisti centum, Symmache, discipulis.Centum me tetigere manus aquilone gelatae: non habui febrem, Symmache, nunc habeo.Competing interestsNone declared.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011156
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • Computation Error
    • Authors: Childers R. E.
      Abstract: Here from my perch On the exam room wall, I am uniquely positioned To document it all. My circuits buzz Beneath my shiny placard; The proud host of the newest Electronic medical record. Your eyes remain On the glow of my screen While your patient tries To be heard and seen. She seems to know That you exist in two places: Half-listening to her, Half-filling in blank spaces. In front of me you sit Rapidly clicking. At times she waits silent, The clock loudly ticking. Your patient struggles To meet your eyes, Which now glazed over, Strain at my font size. She asks a pointed question; You finally move to her, But my screen glow beckons And it is with me you confer. I am metal and plastic, But even I can see That your patient, exasperated Regards you quizzically. Competing interestsNone declared. Provenance...
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011162
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • Grand Rounds: An Impossible Life
    • Authors: Pringle C. E.
      Abstract: Survival. That's the name of the gene: Survival Motor Neuron. Ironic that we say her problem was Not enough "survival". But in a way A proteomic metaphor for her impossible life. Not possible, life without SMN, So she used some transcripts From the other copy And found a way to live. Not possible, a "normal life". Not possible, a regular class. But you don't need muscles to think So she found her way to Law School. Travel? Not possible said the railway, So she took their "not possible" To the Supreme Court And made it possible for everyone. Love? marriage? Not possible. Wrong. You don't need muscles to love. They found a way. The docs said children were not possible; "But not inconceivable!" she laughed. A favourite joke To go with the photo. They got one thing right: this was no normal life. What's not possible...
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011164
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • On Viewing a Portrait by Otto Dix
    • Authors: Bronson R.
      Abstract: A broad schmiss across his cheek, full lips, pursed as if to suppress a smile, Dr. Hans Koch wears pince nez, a white coat, collar up, sleeves rolled to the elbows. Standing by a chair with metal stirrups, a white tiled room, instruments scattered on a nearby table, he waits – a tourniquet in one hand, glass syringe in the other, its long needle facing me. And I am twelve once again, as my father looks up, a syringe in his hand when I come in, back from a ball game, his black bag open on the kitchen table. "This is for you! There's a polio epidemic. You need gamma globulin, 5 cc in each butt." He took care of us all. I hated his office, the pungent smells, bright examination light, the stranger he became with his white coat, his mirrored monocle...
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011160
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • Vergissmeinnicht
    • Authors: Mak; J. K. C.
      Abstract: What lies beyond this last breath,But emptiness and regrets?Those memories, hard to catch;Those petals... still as my Death.In the echoes of church bells,So many tales yet to tell –Of the times before I fell,Of the times when all was well.Triumph wilting at the Gate,To rest gently as my Fate.Daydreams, laughter of an Age...To be forgotten today.Competing interestsNone declared.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011188
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • Flashes and curtains
    • Authors: Mustafa O. M.
      Abstract: Another morning comes,to move forward through the unknown.The joy of seeking a blank plotrich in colors, shapes and lights.Awake, I suppose.Life...through my thick glasses,busy, fast, steady,seemingly usual.But down the hallway wasan open door:A sunny day and humid breeze,ready to enjoy a brisk pause,and a classy cup of coffeeon the sidewalk.My hand grabbed the cup's handlethen froze...For the saucer grasped my attention:Ancient sophisticationthrown into folds ofcarefully-sculpted geometric shapes...I saw a theater of historysurrounding the saucer's white center.Three black dots had appeared on its stage,moments before thousands ofblack meteoroids went astray,burnt into flashes of light.And the theater's curtains soon to follow,closing vision and lasting memories.Competing interestsNone declared.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011184
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • My favorite person
    • Authors: Dhaliwal U.
      Abstract: I forget sometimes that you are not the person I once knew. And I say something the way I used to quick, without context, off the cuff things that the person I once knew would catch without fail and respond NOT with a ‘what?’ and a frown nor with a ‘I have no idea what you're talking about’ but with a wink and a smile, because you got it. You got me without the subtext. But that was then. And I sometimes forget that this is now. You are still my favorite person but now, I need to catch your attention before I speak To give reference to context – because you will have forgotten. I need to speak clearly and slowly and wait for the spark to light in your eyes – or not – before I add more words to the cacophony that is roaring in...
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011182
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • Yes, I wear the Hijab. Yes, I am a Doctor.
    • Authors: Abdou R.
      Abstract: No, I am not a patient. Yes, I can hear you. Yes, I can still use my stethoscope. Yes, I can speak English. Yes, I can speak Arabic - you're welcome. I am honoured that you were hoping I would call your name in the waiting room. How can I help? We are the same. Yes, I have changed this hijab and covered it with a surgical balaclava, I am sterile. No, I do not want to wear this sterile green drape over my head in theatre because you think I should. Oh well. Here goes. I'm from Sydney, thanks! Yes, I am Australian. Accept me. Yes, I am supposed to be in the drugs room. Here is my ID. Again. No, I will not take my hijab off for the interview. Please turn off the TV in the staff tearoom. It's really upsetting me. I don't want to...
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011219
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • Introduction: historical contexts to communicating mental health
    • Authors: Wynter, R; Smith, L.
      Pages: 73 - 80
      Abstract: Contemporary discussions around language, stigma and care in mental health, the messages these elements transmit, and the means through which they have been conveyed, have a long and deep lineage. Recognition and exploration of this lineage can inform how we communicate about mental health going forward, as reflected by the 9 papers which make up this special issue. Our introduction provides some framework for the history of communicating mental health over the past 300 years. We will show that there have been diverse ways and means of describing, disseminating and discussing mental health, in relation both to therapeutic practices and between practitioners, patients and the public. Communicating about mental health, we argue, has been informed by the desire for positive change, as much as by developments in reporting, legislation and technology. However, while the modes of communication have developed, the issues involved remain essentially the same. Most practitioners have sought to understand and to innovate, though not always with positive results. Some lost sight of patients as people; patients have felt and have been ignored or silenced by doctors and carers. Money has always talked, for without adequate investment services and care have suffered, contributing to the stigma surrounding mental illness. While it is certainly ‘time to talk’ to improve experiences, it is also time to change the language that underpins cultural attitudes towards mental illness, time to listen to people with mental health issues and, crucially, time to hear.
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011082
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • The presentation of mental disturbance in modern Scottish literature
    • Authors: Beveridge A.
      Pages: 81 - 85
      Abstract: The subject of madness features throughout world literature, but the literature of modern Scotland appears to be especially preoccupied with it. This paper gives a brief overview of the ways in which madness is represented in modern Scottish literature and the different artistic functions it performs. It will consider the subject on a thematic basis. First, there are accounts by writers who have experienced mental turmoil themselves. Second, there is the theme of the ‘Narrative of personal crisis’ which depicts in fictional form an individual's journey through madness. Third, there is the theme of the ‘Gothic or divided selves’. The fourth theme is that of the ‘Female voice’ and the last is that of ‘Outsiders and holy fools’, whose existence is to unsettle the beliefs of a wider society.
      Keywords: Editor's choice
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011089
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • 'Trapped in the labyrinth: exploring mental illness through devised
           theatrical performance
    • Authors: Patterson, P; Sextou, P.
      Pages: 86 - 91
      Abstract: Mental health difficulties remain a major source of burden and distress for individuals, families, health and social care providers with stigma a key target for educational campaigns attempting to improve care pathways and access to support. Stigma is a multifaceted concept having a range of drivers including shame and is thought to act as a barrier to successful help seeking and engagement with support services. The current paper explores some of the salient themes that emerged from a British university drama project on the impact of symptoms and behaviours associated with a severe mental health condition on a young couple's relationship and reflects on the opportunities for connection with an audience provided by the medium and experience. It is suggested that enabling the impact of mental ill health to be explored in a protected environment such as theatre can allow for reflection and empathy to develop, with potential for positive impact on awareness understanding and stigma. Elements of the drama setting and narrative are explored, and analogies are made with the emerging literature on post-traumatic growth.
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011094
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • Heritage and Stigma. Co-producing and communicating the histories of
           mental health and learning disability
    • Authors: Ellis R.
      Pages: 92 - 98
      Abstract: University engagement with mental health services has traditionally been informed by the vocational and pedagogical links between the two sectors. However, a growth in the interest in public history and in the history of mental healthcare has offered new opportunities for those in the humanities to engage new audiences and to challenge perceptions about care in the past. The introduction of the ‘impact agenda’ and related funding streams has further encouraged academics to contribute to historical debates, and to those concerning current services. One such example of this is the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Heritage and Stigma project at the University of Huddersfield, which was conceived to support mental health and learning disability charities in the exploration and dissemination of their own histories. Using this project as a case study, this paper will draw on primary source material to reflect on the opportunities and challenges of working in partnership with such groups. In particular, it will consider the need to address issues of stigma and exclusion in tandem with a critical understanding of the moves to ‘community care’ instigated by landmark legislation in the form of the 1959 Mental Health Act. Overall, it provides evidence of an inclusive, coproductive model of design and highlights the positive contribution to communicating mental health made by those based in the humanities.
      Keywords: Open access
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011083
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • 'She sits all day in the attitude depicted in the photo: photography and
           the psychiatric patient in the late nineteenth century
    • Authors: Rawling; K. D. B.
      Pages: 99 - 100
      Abstract: The links between mental state and art in all its various forms and media have long been of interest to historians, critics, artists, patients and doctors. Photographs of patients constitute an extensive but largely unexplored archive that can be used to recover patient experience in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The camera and the photograph became tools to communicate information about mental ill health between doctors, their patients and their colleagues. They were published in textbooks and journals, exhibited, exchanged and pasted into medical case books alongside case notes. But they were also used by patients to communicate their own experiences, identity and sense of self. This article uses published and case book photographs from c. 1885–1910 to examine the networks of communication between different stakeholders and discourses.
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011092
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • A crisis of meaning: can 'schizophrenia survive in the 21st century?
    • Authors: Tew J.
      Pages: 111 - 117
      Abstract: Both within clinical and wider societal discourses, the term ‘schizophrenia’ has achieved considerable potency as a signifier, privileging particular conceptual frames for understanding and responding to mental distress. However, its status has been subject to instability, as it has lacked indisputable biological correlates that would anchor its place within the canon of medical diagnosis. Informed by a semiotic perspective, this paper focuses on its recent history: how ‘schizophrenia’ has been claimed, appropriated and contested—and how this connects with its earlier history of signification. It also explores how the dominance of this signifier has influenced the ways in which people with the diagnosis may find themselves constructed in their interactions with professionals, family and wider society, and hence how they may come to see themselves. It is argued that, from a point in the 1990s when ‘schizophrenia’ had achieved an almost iconic status, the term is now subject to greater instability, with concerns and challenges being raised from both within and outside psychiatry. On the one hand, this uncertainty has triggered a ‘calls to arms' from those within the psychiatric establishment who see diagnoses such as ‘schizophrenia’ as crucial to their professional identity and status. On the other hand, this has created spaces for new conversations and alliances between elements within neurology, psychiatry, social work and other professions, and between these and service users. Some of these conversations are casting doubt on the validity and utility of ‘schizophrenia’ as a construct, and are beginning to posit alternative regimes of signification.
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011077
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • If psychosis were cancer: a speculative comparison
    • Authors: Larkin, M; Boden, Z, Newton, E.
      Pages: 118 - 123
      Abstract: Recently, health policy in the UK has begun to engage with the concept of ‘parity of esteem’ between physical and mental healthcare. This has led one recent initiative to improve service provision for first episode psychosis, which aims to bring it into line with some of the principles underpinning good practice in cancer care. In this paper, we consider some of the metaphorical consequences of likening psychosis to cancer. While we find the comparison unhelpful for clinical purposes, we argue that it can be a helpful lens through which to examine service provision for psychosis in young people. Through this lens, specialist community-based services would appear to compare reasonably well. Inpatient care for young people with psychosis, on the other hand, suffers very badly by comparison with inpatient facilities for teenage cancer care. We note some of the many positive features of inpatient cancer care for young adults, and—drawing upon previous research on inpatient psychiatric care—observe that many of these are usually absent from mental health facilities. We conclude that this metaphor may be a helpful rhetorical device for communicating the lack of ‘parity of esteem’ between mental and physical healthcare. This inequity must be made visible in health policy, in commissioning, and in service provision.
      Keywords: Open access
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011091
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • Listen and learn: engaging young people, their families and schools in
           early intervention research
    • Authors: Connor; C., on behalf of Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research Care West Midlands (CLAHRC-WM) Youth Mental Health, Birchwood, Freemantle, Singh, Patterson, Palmer, Lavis, Leung
      Pages: 124 - 129
      Abstract: Recent policy guidelines highlight the importance of increasing the identification of young people at risk of developing mental health problems in order to prevent their transition to long-term problems, avoid crisis and remove the need for care through specialist mental health services or hospitalisation. Early awareness of the often insidious behavioural and cognitive changes associated with deteriorating mental well-being, however, is difficult, but it is vital if young people, their families and those who work with them are to be fully equipped with the skills to aid early help-seeking. Our early intervention research continues to highlight the necessity of engaging with and listening to the voices of young people, families and those who work with children and young people, in developing greater understanding of why some young people may be more at risk in terms of their mental health, and to provide children and young people with the best mental health support we can. Collaborative working with young people, their families and those who work with them has been an essential dimension of our youth mental health research in Birmingham, UK, enabling us to listen to the personal narratives of those with lived experience and to work alongside them. This paper highlights some of our key studies and how we have endeavoured to make intra-agency working successful at each stage of the research process through increasing use of digital and youth-informed resources to engage young people: a methodology which continues to inform, guide and develop our early intervention research and implementation.
      Keywords: Open access
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011090
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • Identity, law, policy and Communicating Mental Health
    • Authors: Bartlett P.
      Pages: 130 - 133
      Abstract: This paper reflects on the special edition, Communicating Mental Health, from the perspective of a legal academic with an interest in the service user rights and in United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is argued that the special edition demonstrates the breadth of the medical model but also that the medical model remains firmly in place in academic understanding of mental disability. The paper questions what this means for identity formation of people with lived experience of mental disability and how we should conceptualise mental disability in the future.
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011071
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • Close Obs
    • Authors: Gilbert D.
      Pages: 134 - 134
      Abstract: I'm curled into a ball on a thin mattress on the floor covered with a crinkly nylon sheet smelling faintly of sick and piss. Outside the heavy brown door sits Len, muscly, tanned, with the Mirror crossword. Not much older than me, he's done his fair share  of hurtling down corridors readying needles full of Depixol to slam into the arses of lunatics like me I suppose. As my sobbing slows I hear him humming tunelessly and clicking the end of his pen:  ‘Mate, your mum said you didn't use to be such a dickhead. Let's see. Try this for starters:  French for dead-end, 3-2-3?' I don't know whether he's smart enough to be taking the mick but I'm damned if this mad man will ever tell him the answer. Competing interestsNone. Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed. TwitterFollow David...
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011087.1
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • Recovery
    • Authors: Gilbert D.
      Pages: 135 - 135
      Abstract: I couldn't work out what was happening.I walked to the end of the rickety pier,drew a bucket of cold water from the lakeand saw things I had not seen the day beforethough the weather seemed much the same:Silvery fish darted under the surface,water boatmen skedaddled on its skin,ripples from a long gone motorboatlapped the large flat stone at the shore's edgeand the brown stems of giant lily pads curveddown into the murk. A cormorant flewlow and fast across the bay's wide mouthand out of sight, while the deep cells continuedtheir slow work of invisible rewiring.Competing interestsNone.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.TwitterFollow David Gilbert at @DavidGilbert43
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011087.2
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • Inside an Angel's mind
    • Authors: Cliffe C.
      Pages: 136 - 136
      Abstract: Bare skin brushes the cold rough pavement My feet are naked on the ground Today is special: I have been selected the chosen one, elected chosen for a duty to fulfill my purpose. I see a bridge, nervous I climb over, ready on my platform Someone sees me, they frown, shouting, loudly, ‘get down now!’ Strangers restrain Stop this! You are mistaken I have been chosen. *************************************************** A new reality has dawned upon this icy, long night. Extreme recklessness has left me broke, alone, blunted. I look back; not able to comprehend no insight. My mind is challenged, reality confronted. Believing I could reach heaven, how is that possible? I had wings, heavy, where do they hide? Now Drained; I was completely inexhaustible. Empty inside, I weep, thinking I nearly died. Competing interestsNone declared. Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer...
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011128
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • Either side of the door
    • Authors: Cliffe C.
      Pages: 137 - 137
      Abstract: I hear their footsteps outside the door     A locksmith, five in blue, four of us They shout, loudly, I cant take anymore     Beaten in number, sanity and force ‘It's the police, we have a warrant’     Atmosphere awkward; breathing tense My bodies numb; thoughts incoherent     We are here for their best interest? I panic; they want to take me away     We wait behind the door patient, poised Are they deaf? they hear NOTHING I say     emotion clouded by background noise Cursing, shouting, I scream unclearly!     all sounds drown out my inside thoughts Holding the door- I cling to life dearly     Shouts resonate: "Stop I cant take anymore" "**** Off this is my house, my front door"     The door is broken, they run inside Within a second I am thrown to the floor     They launch, pin, pull them outside They bind me in cuffs; I am pinned to the ground     The assessment is brief but this they find I shout...
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011119
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
  • And now, for today
    • Authors: Shepherd R.
      Pages: 138 - 138
      Abstract: The breeze of thought, Blows through home, Vague, familiar,    On a ledge over the ocean, Beating waves,    And twisting pirogues, Oh to be there and feel taunting life. Or dappled sun on fields of grass, Should I recline,    Stretch my back, Wait till flowers close, Catch the whisper,    Stay, just here, In the quieting room? The starry beckon,    My name, That I cannot recall, A vast, dark space,    With twinkling, grinning, Promise,    Of family past. Or I could bury my soles,    In dunes, Flop by the clock,    In time, For library musk, And fireflies. The grand old dance, The weaving steps, Was it step-step step, or    One, two, three? Under crystal lights, Maybe I'll twirl the floor again,    Feet light as I pass and reach, For canapes. Or perhaps I'll stay,    Under blanket warmth,    Carpet underfoot, And stop, just stop,    The choices, caged,    That once...
      PubDate: 2017-05-30T04:35:25-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011196
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 2 (2017)
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