About

The World of Mentalists is a e-zine of news, commentary and blog digests in the arena of mental health.

Our blog digests are known as This Week in Mentalists (TWIM), a feature which been a fixture of the mental health blogosphere for several years. It was initially hosted at the late Mental Nurse blog, and latterly at The Madosphere, which is also dearly departed.

TWIM is a weekly digest of selected writings from blogs across the Madosphere, our affectionate name for the mental health blogosphere. It is published on Saturday or Sunday, along with relevant news stories from that week. Although this blog is based in the UK, we try to keep the focus as international as possible.

A group of volunteer authors take it in turns to write the digests, which enables a wide base of mental health blogs to be reviewed. We cover blogs from professionals and patients alike, although they should not be commercial in nature (ads are fine; a blog that has the primary function of promoting a business is not). Now and again you may even find writings from people who fall into both brackets ;)

We also, at the suggestion of a site user, cover a range of relevant issues for the purposes of news, commentary, debate and even just for a laugh. Anything related to mental health is fair game – welfare, diagnosis, therapy, professional frameworks, stigma, you name it.

If you’d like to suggest blogs or stories we haven’t yet covered, please see this page – or, alternatively, if you’d like to write for us, please see here.

This World of Mentalists is currently co-edited by Pandora – author of the retired and award-winning borderpsychosisdissociandepressivething disorder blog, Confessions of a Serial Insomniac - and Zarathustra, who originally ran the late Mental Nurse blog, and is now co-editor of social and health care journal The Not So Big Society. Roughly and informally speaking, Pandora takes care of technical and background issues, and Zarathustra of content and organisation, but both editors are involved in site- and content-wide roles. As noted above, the project on a wider level is written collaboratively, by mentalists and professionals (and, occasionally, laypeople with an interest in mental health) across the globe.

Enjoy!

17 Responses to “About”

  1. Dear writers of This Week in Mentalists,

    As the media intern for a non-profit focusing on mental health advocacy, I recently came across your organization in my online search for mental health resources and believe there is an excellent opportunity for cross-promotion between our Web sites.

    Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services, or PEERS, is a consumer-run agency that is leading the innovative Social Inclusion Campaign in Alameda County, California. The mission of the campaign is to promote social inclusion of and end stigma and discrimination against individuals with mental health issues.

    One way we hope to promote social inclusion is by asking members of the community to make a personal commitment to end mental health stigma. By taking the “Stigma Stops with Me” Facebook pledge on our website (http://www.peersnet.org/pledges/makepledge) or on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/PEERS-Peers-Envisioning-Engaging-in-Recovery-Services/82259569303), you will be bringing people together to combat mental health stigmatization and advocate for the betterment of the community as a whole. We also welcome any friends, family, or colleagues you have who may be interested to pledge as well.

    In addition, we are interested in placing your link and logo on the PEERS Web site as a “Community Partner” at http://www.peersnet.org/partners. In return, we would appreciate a PEERS logo and link placement on your site if you are able.

    Thank you, and I look forward to the opportunity of working together!

  2. RE “This Week in Mentalists is currently co-edited by Pandora, author of the inexplicably award-winning borderpsychosisdissociandepressivething disorder blog, Confessions of a Serial Insomniac.”

    Clearly Pan wrote this blurb because someone else, I’d hope, wouldn’t call her award-winning “inexplicable”.I suppose other readers will also guess that another editor wouldn’t put her down that way, but it’s easier for me because I’ve seen the same self-deprecating humor by her before.

    Pan is a talented writer, her self-deprecation is charming and seems innocent, but it isn’t factual. All people who are self-employed, even writers, need to get used to self-promotion. Perhaps choosing the words (or not devaluing oneself) will make the idea of one’s high value more clear to oneself and more real.

    I challenge you to take out the “Inexplicably” from this paragraph! It is explicable to all readers of her blog, entirely so. I’d encourage her to act “as if”. She already is an award winning writer, full stop.

    • How have I just discovered this comment now?!! Thank you, Linda. It means a lot. I will remove it :D

      Thanks again, you truly brightened up my day.

      xxx

  3. What a great idea! Am now following :)

  4. The Quiet Borderline (back in hospital) Reply 20 August 2012 at 7:26am

    I have awarded you with the Strong Person Award. An award I made myself and has been a pleasure to award all of you well deserving people.

    Feel free to collect your award here: http://quietbpd.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/strong-person-award/

    All the best,

    The Quiet Borderline
    http://quietbpd.wordpress.com/

  5. WordsFallFromMyEyes Reply 22 November 2012 at 2:36am

    Excellent site. It is so good to see mental health out there.

    Sincerely,
    Noeleen
    http://www.VodkaWasMyMuse.wordpress.com
    http://www.WordsFallFromMyEyes.wordpress.com

    Excellent credentials too, I wanted to say…

  6. I’m not in a place to do it, but wondered if you’d be interested in blogging on this

    the end of anyonymity for health professionals online…?

    http://www.gmc-uk.org/publications/21833.asp

  7. I don’t even know what to say…

    Very cool idea, and thank you.

  8. I’ve only just stumbled on this blog & think it’s a great idea. I look forward to reading the weekly posts.

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