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Shanghai Tulip: breaking China’s mental health taboo

11 minutes

China’s first depression support group helps where society and state fail

Following a bipolar disorder diagnosis in 2003, Chen Wei found very few places to turn for mental health support in his hometown of Shanghai. He soon realised that he wasn’t alone in his struggle: China faces a massive mental health crisis, including more than 200,000 depression-related suicides a year. Those suffering from mental health disorders are frequently stigmatised, receiving little support from friends and family, and finding few job prospects. In an effort to raise awareness and provide support to those in need, Chen founded Tulip, a peer support group aimed at breaking the stigma of mental illness.

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Neuroscience

Psychiatry is due for a revolution in diagnosis and treatment through brain science

4 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Idea/Consciousness & Altered States

Our illusory sense of agency has a deeply important social purpose

Chris Frith

ORIGINAL
Video/Cognition & Intelligence

For millennia, we’d never seen anything like film cuts. How do we process them so easily?

7 minutes

Essay/Neuroscience

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Fixing chronic back pain is possible only when patients understand how much it is produced by the brain, not the spine

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Essay/Human Evolution

Imagination is ancient

Our imaginative life today has access to the pre-linguistic, ancestral mind: rich in imagery, emotions and associations

Stephen T Asma

Idea/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

The history of brainwashing is a red flag for techno-therapy

David Saunders

Video/Childhood & Adolescence

What to make of a Riot Grrrl? A snapshot of feminism and high school in the 1990s

18 minutes