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April Ashley receives an MBE for services to transgender equality

April Ashley receives an MBE for services to transgender equality

April Ashley, one of the first Britons to undergo sex-change surgery, has received an MBE for services to transgender equality. Born George Jamieson in Liverpool in 1935, Ms Ashley joined the Navy at 14 but felt isolated and attempted suicide. She moved to Paris in the 1950s and started dressing as a woman, before finding success as a performer at Le Carrousel nightclub. She underwent experimental gender reassignment surgery in 1960 in Casablanca.

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Matt, Cathy and Antony tell the stories of how they battled depression and recovered to lead full and happy lives. This moving film, narrated by Linda Nolan, was commissioned by the new campaign group U Can Cope to spread a message of hope to those suffering mental illness. It has been broadcast around the world and was endorsed by the World Health Organisation. Launched on World Suicide Prevention Day 2012.

  •  07 12 2012
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The first of a series of lectures delivered in a workshop arranged by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Asperger’s syndrome replaced in DSM-5 mental health manual

Asperger’s syndrome replaced in DSM-5 mental health manual

One (amongst many) of the controversial decisions taken by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in drawing up the revised fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), is to remove Asperger's syndrome as a separate diagnosis and replace it within the term ‘autism spectrum disorder’. In the terminology of the DSM-5 – Asperger's syndrome would be seen as being at the ‘upper end’ of the autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). That means people with this type of ASD would normally have unaffected intelligence and language development, but would have milder symptoms affecting social interaction, behaviour and language comprehension.

Tulisa - My Mum and me

Tulisa - My Mum and me

Tulisa - My Mum and me is a documentary film featuring the singer songwriter Tulisa Contostavlos, formerly a member of the group N-Dubz but now a solo artist and judge on the ITV entertainment programme X-Factor. The film is an account of Tulisa’s life as a young child and teenager growing up with her mother who has schizoaffective disorder.

Stalking becomes a specific criminal offence

Stalking has become a specific criminal offence in England and Wales in a move to improve victims' safety. The government has introduced two offences, stalking and stalking involving a fear of violence. A parliamentary inquiry earlier this year found that about 120,000 victims, mostly women, were stalked every year. However only 53,000 incidents are recorded as crimes by police - and only one in 50 of these reports leads to an offender being jailed.

Spiritual possession among ethnic minorities

Spiritual possession among ethnic minorities

UK health and social workers and those in the criminal justice system are increasingly having to understand belief in spiritual possession among ethnic minorities, with new research highlighting a particular issue with some sections of the British Asian community blaming mental health problems on the supernatural.

Catherine Zeta-Jones speaks out about her battle with manic depression

Catherine Zeta-Jones speaks out about her battle with manic depression

Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has spoken out about her battle with manic depression after being admitted to a US rehabilitation clinic last year, in an effort to lift the "stigma" of mental illness.

Photos that sparked body image debates

Photos that sparked body image debates

Body image is constantly being debated but there are some photographs that have caused intense discussion about the aesthetic ideals we impose on ourselves and others.

Masks

Masks

This poem by Shel Silverstein tells a story that is really applicable to a lot of people out there, even maybe you.

The two sides of drug abuse

The two sides of drug abuse

Photographer Roman Sakovich photographed subjects using make-up in order to explore the outsiders superficial judgement of the same person before and after drug abuse. After which he combined the before and after images into one in order to make the change more visible.

Pavlov? It rings a bell