Mental Health

Read this slowly – it could save your life

Paula Byrne
Jonathan Bate
| 7th May 2018
This is an age of hyper-connectivity where being available 24/7 is a given. But this can have serious health and social impacts. PAULA BYRNE and JONATHAN BATE urge us to turn our devices off, slow it down and savour the calming powers of good literature...

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Ecotherapy: Go wild, stay well

Laura Sevier
| 21st September 2010
An average one in four people in the UK will suffer a mental health problem at some point. New research, and a pioneering therapy project, are proving that nature and the wild outdoors have the power to heal and should be included within a mix of treatments

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Oops, wrong brain

John Naish
| 28th January 2009
What on earth are we thinking when we go into shops and buy lots of pointless stuff we just don’t need? John Naish says it’s not so much what’s on our minds, but which brain we use when we spend

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Enjoying the collapse so far?

Richard Heinberg
| 19th June 2008
Take relentless population growth. Add decades of expanding per capita resource consumption. Simmer slowly over rising global temperatures. What do you get? Traumatic information. That is, information that wounds us through the very act of obtaining it.

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The graveyard shift

Tom Hodgkinson
| 23rd March 2008
Working life in contemporary Britain should come with a health warning,argues Tom Hodgkinson, or we’ll all end up dying for a job

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England Vanishing

22nd September 2006
How do we define ourselves in time and space? A new book England In Particular suggests it is the commonplace, the local and the distinctive that tells us where we are

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School Uniformity

Rachel Ragg
| 22nd September 2006
The exuberance of childhood celebrated in books such as Just William is now frowned upon as inappropriate behaviour, resulting in more and more children being prescribed behavioural drugs. Rachel Ragg investigates

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ASBOs vs Nutrition

Pat Thomas
| 1st April 2006
Over 1,000 juvenile delinquents showed a 44 per cent drop in antisocial behaviour when put on a low sugar diet. So why is the government completely ignoring what we are feeding our children, and yet is happy to spend £2,500 on administering each ASBO?

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Medication nation

Mark White
| 16th December 2005
Too fat, too thin, too sad, too happy... Whatever the problem Biotech is developing a vaccine or a pill to cure us. Mark White examines the consequences of a world where all our worries can be medicated away.

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Greening the Blues

Emily White
| 1st October 2005
If you split post-operative patients into two groups, giving one a view of trees and the other a view of a brick wall, the group that was exposed to the trees will need fewer painkillers, develop fewer complications and will
check themselves out of hospital more quickly than the group with the urban view. Isn't it time to accept that some of the distress we currently feel is tied to the world beyond the consulting room, to this planet of ours that's
become so stripped and bare?

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Let Our Children Roam Free

Tim Gill
| 23rd September 2005
Fear of traffic risks and ‘stranger danger’ are holding our children captive indoors. For the sake of their health and development, and for the environment they will one day need to protect, we have to find ways of getting them into the wild.

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Nasty, Brutish & Short

Sally Fallon
| 1st July 2003
In the 1930s US dentist Weston Price travelled the world to study the diets of ‘primitive’ peoples. He found a startling lack of disease and proof that a system of environmentally-friendly local food production is the best way to ensure human health.

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Stanley Milgram's obedience experiment

Tom Stafford
| 1st June 2003
In the 1960s psychologist Stanley Milgram tested a cross section of ordinary Americans to see if they’d administer potentially lethal electric shocks to a mild-mannered little man, sitting in an electric chair. The findings stunned the world.

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