The Catholic church has a new pope! Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio this week became Pope Francis I, the first non-European pope. The first BRIC pope. He sounds like a man of humility and asceticism, who travels on budget airlines – Lord knows that is a trial of the flesh. While a friend to the poor, Read more…

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A friend of mine told me about this 1991 documentary, Paris Is Burning, about the New York transvestite ball scene from the 1980s. I just watched it, completely fascinating film. It was one of the first successes of the independent studio Miramax, and part of the rebirth of indie cinema in the 1990s. What the Read more…

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Stan Collymore, the English footballer and now football commentator, wrote a beautiful post about his experience of depression today. Have a read: It’s 4:48am in the morning(Sat 26th Nov 2011),and i’m wide awake. I decided to tweet my own personal experience of my latest bout of Depression yesterday,and firstly wanted to thank the hundreds of Read more…

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It’s interesting the way British public policy is beginning to bring together unemployment policy with mental health policy. The British government today brought out a 10-year strategy for dealing with depression, which includes the key strategy of doing more to get the mentally ill back into work. For example, under the new strategy, job centres Read more…

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There’s a great article in the Guardian’s Comment Is Free today by Jonathan Naess, the head of the mental health lobby Stand To Reason. He points out that although one in five MPs say they’ve experienced mental illness, hardly any are prepared to openly admit it for fear of damaging their electability. He quotes one Read more…

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