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The Freedom to be, the Chance to Dream

A study examining the importance of preserving the values and ethos of user-led peer support and self-help in the context of new policies to professionalise peer support.


Care Programme Approach and Recovery

This study explored how effective service users find the Care Programme Approach in promoting recovery as they understand it.


Recovery and Resilience: African, Caribbean and South Asian Women's Narratives

This report, based on interviews with twenty seven women, presents black women's narratives of recovery from mental and emotional distress.


"Sometimes Home is not the Best Place to Be"

Deepa Srinivas in conversation with Jayasree Kalathil about writing, madness, childhood and children's literature.


Dancing to Our Own Tunes: Reassessing Black and Minority Ethnic Mental Health Service User Involvement

Report of a national consultation that explored Black and minority ethnic user/survivor perspectives on user involvement, along with the perspectives of non-BME users/survivors. The report calls for a redefinition of user involvement and the idea of "increasing" the involvement of people from minority ethnic backgrounds.


Race Equality Training in Mental Health Services in England: Does One Size Fit All?

The report of a national scoping study on race equality training in mental health, written by Joanna Bennett, Jayasree Kalathil and Frank Keating and published by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health.


Éirim Mná: The Mental Health Needs of Irish Women in Birmingham

Report of the community engagement project exploring the mental health needs of Irish women in Birmingham, written by Catherine Horn, Mary Jones, Michelle Bhalroo and Bernadette McFall.


This UK Black Phenomenon

Yvonne Christie raises some important questions about the loss of identity and sense of self in the Black community in the UK. The article was intended as a letter to one of the Black newspapers. Interestingly, it never got published!


Let's Tell Our Stories: Looking for Black Women’s Personal Narratives

Traditionally, Black women's experiences of mental distress has been told by psychiatrists and researchers who do not understand their lived realities. Jayasree Kalathil discusses the power of personal narratives and the political potential of telling our own stories. This is a version of the paper presented at the 2nd National Conference on Black Women and Mental Health, held in London in November 2007.


After Ervadi: Faith Healing and Human Rights

In this article, Jayasree Kalathil discusses healing, human rights and the law in the context of yet another media call to close down faith/religious healing spaces in India. A version of the article was published in aaina, 7.3, November 2007.


The Road to Recovery

Jayasree Kalathil talks about her personal experience of receiving psychiatric care and what has and hasn’t helped in her journey through recovery. A version of this article was published in Diverse Minds, Autumn, 2006.


Realities and Representations

A review of the film 15 Park Avenue, directed by Aparna Sen. Hailed as a new era for the representation of madness in Indian cinema. Jayasree Kalathil has her doubts. Published in aaina, March 2006.