Why Mental Health Is Losing Its Soul

Ron Unger

One of the gravest dangers afflicting our culture in general and the field of mental health in particular is the assault on human subjectivity; the decreasing interest in honoring and valuing people’s experience. In the craze to map the brain and prescribe pills for psychological disorders, the field of mental health is not only getting hijacked, it is losing its soul. In Dante’s Divine Comedy the Roman poet Virgil accompanies Dante to the underworld. No one wants to be Virgil anymore — to “go into hell with Dante.” But the willingness to explore with patience and empathy the actual experience of what people undergo, no matter how horrific, is indispensable in healing the emotional afflictions that haunt human beings. And we shouldn’t be surprised that recipients of such understanding will be capable of both remarkable resilience and extraordinary healing. Ideas are not set in stone. When exposed to thoughtful people, they morph and adapt into their most potent form.
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Inquiry into mental health services ‘crucial’ after prisoner’s death

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Call me on 01865 425403 Ian McLean CALLS have been made for an independent inquiry into Oxfordshires mental health provider after two high-profile cases involving its patients. Oxford Health has been criticised after life prisoner Ian McLean walked out of Littlemore Mental Health Centre and travelled to Poland, where he took his own life, and for its handling of Kauthar Silvera, who murdered her mother days after being discharged from the same place. Now it has emerged that the clinical director at the high-security Broadmoor Hospital, where Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe is currently serving 20 life sentences, has been brought in to review the McLean escape. Oxford East MP Andrew Smith and a member of an Oxfordshire health watchdog have called for steps to be taken to restore public confidence. Susanna Pressel, of the Oxfordshire joint health overview & scrutiny committee, said: A thorough review of safety practices is needed at Oxford Health. An independent review must look at why several things have happened in the recent past, not just this incident (McLeans escape). It seems to be one thing after another and we need to be reassured that Oxford Health will now look after the safety of their patients and the public much better than they have done in the past.
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