Fry suicide attempt spotlights mental illness
Campaigners have welcomed comedian and writer Stephen Fry’s revelation that he tried to kill himself last year. Can a new spirit of openness make mental illness less frightening?
Autistic? Come work for us! says software firm
Most people with autism are capable of work and keen to find it, yet prejudice stands in their way. Now a German technology company wants to tap this neglected talent.
Psychologists claim psychiatry is useless
In a bruising attack, The British Psychological Society has claimed that psychiatrists are diagnosing people without any scientific basis. Is all psychiatry a waste of time?
‘Ivan the Terrible’ dancer admits acid attack
Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet is revered the world over for its excellence. Now one of its stars has admitted to blinding its director. Is extreme dedication to art the enemy of sanity?
THE FUTURE: Everyone is connected
Today, 2.4 billion people are connected to the internet: a vast ‘global mind’ of information and ideas. This shared consciousness comes with big opportunities – and profound risks.
Mental health strained by mock Mars mission
They were six of the most resilient astronauts around. But trapped in a room for 17 months on a simulated voyage to Mars, their minds began to crack. Are we too fragile for life off-planet?
Psychologists label young people ‘narcissists’
For decades, psychologists have believed that ‘self-esteem’ is crucial to a happy, successful life. But new research suggests that this may have backfired: are we becoming vain egomaniacs?
Shops create panic to encourage retail rush
As Christmas approaches, millions of shoppers will head to the malls and high streets. Many dread the sensory overload of gift buying – but it might make us more likely to part with our cash.
Syria’s children suffer shocking war trauma
A charity has captured the world’s attention by revealing first hand stories of children caught in Syria’s bloody civil war. Its report, Untold Atrocities, details appalling suffering.
To win, exercise willpower, says top psychologist
From hitting snooze to eating fatty foods, most people have temptations they find hard to resist. Now a new book says our willpower is like a muscle that we can train.
Mental health gets a global campaign boost
Millions worldwide suffer from mental health disorders, but only a minority will receive treatment, especially in poorer countries. World Mental Health Day is pushing for more investment.