23.3 AUTUMN 2016

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Introduction:
There have been a fair number of themed editions of the magazine during the last couple of years. This time, ranging from the polemic to the poetic, the serious to the more humorous, the contents reflect a disparate variety of concerns to some of our readers, and these items have been waiting to see the light of day. Diana Rose’s article (page 5) particularly addresses our publishing policy, and as we say in reply, we agree that there probably is a lack of user/survivor research-based contributions, and we certainly do welcome those kinds of articles. All the same, we invite material from any quarter or point of view, so if you feel you have something to say – let us know!

Contents:

Introduction
News from Soteria Bradford
Survivor Research (or not) in Asylum    Diana Rose and A Response from the Editors
Inside Out Revolution    Yasmin Setarrah
My Year of Suicide    Mark Peterson                             
Mental Disorder is More Than a Chemical Imbalance  Kate Kennedy
Everything is a Symptom & a Symptom is Everything Sonia Soans
Unkindest Cuts    Stephanie Taylor-King, Sarah Carr & Taz Edwards-White
Double Bind    Sean Burn
Lobotomy/Leucotomy
Obsessive Posting Disorder    Declan Flynn
One Flew Over the Dragon’s Den    No_Label_Dave
‘Stigma’ and Mental Illness    Harold A Maio 
The Unrecovery Star    Recovery in the Bin
Artwork    Alex Dunedin
Literature Portraying Mental Illness   Jhilmil Breckenridge 
Photographs    Scott Michael 
Poems
Driving Somewhere Beautiful    Mike Snelle 
News and Findings

Details of some contributors
Mark Peterson, PhD, is a retired school administrator and lives in Orem, Utah.Sonia Soans trained as a psychologist and now, through research, examines issues such as gender, nationalism and media in the production of mental illness and violence.Stephanie Taylor-King, National Survivor User Network (NSUN)

Sarah Carr, Middlesex University, London

Taz Edwards-White, METRO Centre, London

Jhilmil Breckenridge is a writer, poet and activist who was incarcerated twice in India. She can be contacted on jhilmilbreckenridge@gmail.com

Sean Burn is a writer/performer/outsider artist with active involvement in disability arts. Much of Sean’s creative work ‘reclaims the languages of lunacy’ based on his own long-term experience as a psychiatric survivor. He is part of Mad Studies North-East.

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