Topic: Writer in Residence

Our writer-in-residence programme launched in January 2019, and aims to support new and existing writers with an interest and experience in mental health to share their knowledge, create new ideas and offer their thoughts on a broad range of issues.

Over time, the Centre hopes to offer a platform to more writers with a diverse range of experiences, ideas and perspectives and reach out to more people to debate about mental health in society.

 

Podcast: Andrew Kaye Kauffmann

Writer in Residence, Andrew K Kauffmann and Thea Joshi sit to discuss the realities of living with OCD, from the initial diagnosis to the present day.

Type: Blog

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A sermon that no one will hear? The clarion call to act urgently on men’s mental health

Our Writer in Residence, Andrew K Kauffmann draws attention to the complexities that are often overlooked when talking about men’s mental health.

Type: Page

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Life with OCD: an anti-memoir

Andrew reflects on his personal experience with OCD, recounting significant moments that mark milestones in his journey so far.

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Why I won’t ‘debate’ trans and non-binary people’s lives and will champion their mental health instead

In his second piece as our writer in residence, Andrew K Kauffmann unpacks the harmful impact of transphobic rhetoric on trans people’s mental health and calls for solidarity within the LGBTQ+ community.

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The strangest times: Are we increasingly out of step with this weird world that we live in?

In his first piece as our new writer in residence, Andrew K Kauffmann reflects on making sense of life through the prism of new fatherhood, living with OCD, and in the aftermath of a global pandemic.

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6. Conclusion: From banishment to coming together

In her final piece, Dr Amy Pollard reflects on her residency’s journey, from acknowledging the way people with mental health problems have been ‘banished’ from society to encouraging a ‘coming together’ which recognises our shared humanity, beyond reason

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4. Has the world gone mad? Bringing insights from bipolar to societal polarisation

Amy considers how the four attitudes she has used for navigating a psychological crisis could be applied to societal polarisation

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3. Graceful resolve: Attitudes for navigating a psychological crisis

Amy shares ways of thinking that she has found helpful in times of psychological distress

Type: Page

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2. Anchors away: How reasonable is hypomania and psychosis?

Amy draws on her experiences of bipolar to explore the way we think about hypomania and psychosis, and people who experience them. She tests the fundamental assumption that “madness” is not aligned with reason and rationality.

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1. Banished: The roots of loneliness in mental health

In her first piece, Dr Amy Pollard argues that the roots of loneliness aren’t about what people with mental health difficulties are lacking – but about the shadows that mainstream society can’t bear to face

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