The mental health charity Mind has a blog here. The blog is located within the main website for Mind which features a grey background with a white central pane. There is a site index in the header pane along with the contact details for Mind. Although the idea of a telephone number on the homepage is simple it is very effective and sends the reader a signal that this is a website which is making an impact offline as well as online. The site has sections for Mind campaigns, how to get involved, services provided as well as a shop and an option to donate. There is an A-Z of mental health as well as a blogroll and the blog articles are indexed according to category. Scrolling to the bottom of the screen, the reader can navigate through the pages. There were 14 pages in total and 15 articles on the first page at the time of writing. Articles are dated and titled with author details and are also comment enabled. With some of the articles they are presented in part and the reader must click on the ‘read more’ link at the bottom of the article. The articles on the front page had up to 31 comments at the time of writing suggesting that this is a busy blog. There is a disclaimer noting that some of the blog articles may not reflect Mind policy.
The first article on the blog dates back to August 2009. The articles are typically 250-400 words long and often pick up on mental health news, services or experiences of people with mental illness. Articles about services include this one about services for older adults in which there is a link to Help the Aged, while Peter takes us through a day on the Mind information phoneline. Writing about personal experience can help people relate more easily to the subject matter and there are a number of such articles throughout the blog. A personal experience of the benefits of day centres is seen in this article, John Binns writes about his experiences in the workplace with depression and Kayla Kavanagh writes about her experience with Borderline Personality Disorder in this post. Articles also highlight the campaign work of Mind or other campaigns. For instance this article focuses on some of the good work that Mind has done in campaigning to raise awareness of the relationship between debt and mental health while a campaign to address mental illness in professional footballers is discussed in this article. There are articles on a variety of other subjects. Professor Baron-Cohen’s book ‘Zero Degrees of Empathy’ provokes debate in this article. A replacement for Disability Living Allowance is discussed in this article and Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind writes an interesting article about a memorial to an asylum.
Appendix – Here is a list of the blogs reviewed to date by subject area
Psychiatry: Ars Psychiatrica. Psychiatrist Dr Neil Scheurich looks at the intersection between the arts and psychiatry. There are lots of interesting articles (blog link here). Buckeye Psychiatry LLC. Blog by psychiatrist Dr Adam Brandemihl covers a variety of topics including tips on lifestyle and news updates (Blog link here). Biological Therapies in Psychiatry. Dr Alan Gelenberg writes about biological therapies in psychiatry (Blog link here). Carlat Psychiatry Blog. Blog by psychiatrist Dr Dan Carlat examining the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and medical education (blog link here). CorePsych Blog. Psychiatrist Dr Charles Parker focuses on the science of psychiatry with interesting insights into inestigations and management (blog link here). Corpus Callosum. Blog by Psychiatrist who writes on a variety of topics with interesting posts on medication (Blog link here). Dr Dymphna’s Diliberations. Blog by psychiatrist Dr Elizabeth Courdes with a focus on pscyhotherapy and pharmacotherapy (Blog link here). Dr Shock. Blog by Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Dr Walter Van Der Broek covering a variety of psychiatry related topics including the intersection of psychiatry and the internet and developments in psychiatric treatment. (Blog link here). In Practice Blog. Blog by Dr Peter Kramer with a focus on depression. (Blog link here). Dr Jeff and Dr Tanya’s Blog. Psychiatrists Dr Jeffrey Speller and Dr Tanya Korkosz write about psychiatry and also provide useful information on common conditions and treatments (Blog link here). Mark’s Psychiatry. Blog by psychiatrists Dr Tracey Marks on a variety of psychiatry related topics (Blog link here). Minds on Film. Blog by psychiatrist Dr Almeida on the intersection between psychiatry and film (Blog link here). Movies and Mental Illness. Blog by a team of a psychiatrist, psychologist and nurse examining mental illness in the movies in preparation for a book on the subject (Blog link here). Practice What I Preach. A child psychiatrist becomes a mother and describes her experiences (Blog link here). Princeton Psychiatry Blog. Blog about psychiatry by Dr Yitzhak Shnaps (Blog link here). PsychBabel. Blog on psychiatry by Dr S Cho (Blog link here). Psychiatry Fun Blog. Blog where the author advocates a more relaxed approach to writing about psychiatry (Blog link here). Psychiatry in the Mainstream. Blog by Dr Lawrence Choy on psychiatry in popular culture (Blog link here). Shrink Rap Blog. Engaging psychiatry blog by three psychiatrists with lots of interesting articles (Blog link here). The Psychiatrist Blog. Blog by Dr Michelle Tempest looking at the intersection between psychiatry and politics (Blog link here). The Sports Psychiatrist. Blog by Dr Zaakir Yoonas about the intersection between sports and psychiatry (Blog link here)
Psychotherapy: Beck Institute Blog. Blog about CBT from the Beck Institute (Blog link here). EMDR International Association Blog. Blog about EMDR with frequent updates (Blog link here). Jung Currents. Blog about Jung by psychologist Sparky (Blog link here). Jung at Heart. Blog by psychotherapist on Jungian psychoanalysis. Cheryl Fuller (Blog link here). Modern Psychoanalysis. Blog about psychoanalysis although last article is dated 2008 (Blog link here). Sara Roizen. Fine art muralist. A creative blog by artist Sara Roizen who is training to become an art therapist (Blog link here). Spread the Word. Blog about EMDR (Blog link here).
Psychology: Advances in the History of Psychology. (Blog link here). Clinical Psychology and Pscyhiatry. A closer look. Blog providing a critique of psychiatry and psychology research (Blog link here). CogSci Librarian Review. This is a blog by a librarian with an interest in cognitive neuroscience. Lots of useful insights into the resources librarians offer as well as cognitive neuroscience links (Blog link here). Dr Deb. A psychology blog with articles covering many different areas and which are accessible for a general audience (Blog link here). Exploring Psychology. Blog by psychologist David Webb exploring psychology (Blog link here). F.A.B.L.E – Fictional Aut0biography of Life Experience. Blog about the intersection of literature, neurobiology and psychology by Cole Bitting (Blog link here). Mind Hacks. Popular long-running blog looking at psychology and neuroscience issues (Blog link here). Positive Psychology News Daily. Blog about positive psychology news (Blog link here). PsychCentral. Heavyweight longstanding psychology blog by Dr John Grohal who also runs a forum at his website (Blog link here). Psychotherapy Brown Bag Blog. Blog with insightful analysis of psychological research by Michael and Joye Anstis (Blog link here). We’re Only Human. Blog by Wray Herbert on psychological research appearing in the journal ‘Psychological Science’ (Blog link here).
Anthropology: Linguistic Anthropology. Interesting blog about linguistic anthropology relevant to a wide variety of subjects including human evolution (Blog link here). Somatosphere. Science, medicine and Anthropology. Looking at medicine and science from an anthropological perspective (Blog link here).
Blogs about Life with an Illness: Aethelread the Unread. Insightful blog by Aethelread who has recurrent depression and writes engagingly about a number of issues (Blog link here). A Survivor’s Guide to Huntington’s Disease. Blog by Angela F who has been diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease and whose mother also has Huntington’s Disease (Blog link here). Bipolar Mo. Blog by a nurse with Bipolar Illness who is also a musician writing about aspects of his life (Blog link here). Lawyers with Depression. Blog by lawyer Daniel Lukasic about his experience of depression and related subjects (Blog link here).
Blogs about Older Adults: GeriPal: Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog. Blog about older adult medical topics (Blog link here). Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Blog. Blog about medication treatment in older adults (Blog link here). Global Ageing Network Blog. Blog about ageing with an international slant (Blog link here). The Good Old Age Blog. Blog about healthy aging (Blog link here). The Intentional Aging Collective. Blog about ageing (Blog link here). The New Old Age Blog. Blog about ageing in the New York Times (Blog link here). The 70 Something Blog. Account of life as a septagenerian (Blog link here).
Dementia: Alzheimer’s Disease Blog. Blog about Alzheimer’s Disease (Blog link here). The Tangled Neuron. Blog by a lady, who’s father with dementia passed away, learning about and discussing dementia (Blog link here).
Evolution: Evolutionary Psychiatry. Blog by Dr Emily Deans about Evolutionary Psychiatry (Blog link here). John Hawks Weblog. Blog by Professor John Hawks, anthropologist who specialises in population genetics of human evolution (Blog link here). Laboratory for Evolutionary Endocrinology. Blog about evolutionary aspects of endocrinology (Blog link here). Origins – A History of Beginnings. Blog featuring discussion of and essays about Charles Darwin (Blog link here). Why Evolution is True. Blog by Dr Jerry Coynes and colleagues looking at evolution (Blog link here).
Informatics: Allan’s Library. Blog about informatics (Blog link here). Bio Data Blog. Blogging about research software (Blog link here). Health Informatics blog. Blog on health informatics by Dr Chris Paton (Blog link here). Mobile Healthcare Blog. Blog about mobile healthcare technology (Blog link here). New Media Medicine Blog. Blog with useful links to health informatics resources (Blog link here). Open Medicine. Blog about health informatics (Blog link here). Open MRS. Blog about the development of an open health database (Blog link here). Science in the Open. Blog about open science Cameron Neylon (Blog link here). Significant Science. Blog by Hope Leman about the open science movement (Blog link here). The O’Really Blog. Blog by Duncan Hull on bioinformatics written in an accessible style (Blog link here). Wolfram Alpha Blog. Blog about Wolfram Alpha search engine (Blog link here).
Miscellaneous: Beaker – A Medical Research Blog. A blog relating to medical research at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Blog link here) Brains on Purpose. Blog with a focus on conflict resolution and related areas in neuroscience (Blog link here). Dream Journal. Blog about submitted dream content with analysis (Blog link here). Seth Godin’s Blog. Blog by popular author about many subjects (Blog link here). Singularity Hub. Blog with a focus on emerging health technologies (Blog link here). Stu’s News and Views. Frequent news and information updates about Multiple Sclerosis (Blog link here).
Neurology: Brain Disease’s Weblog. Blog by Assistant Professor of Neurology Dr Nitin Sethi looks at the neurological literature (Blog link here). Neurology Minutiae Blog. Blog featuring details of neurological cases and insights (Blog link here).
Neuroscience: All in the Mind. Blog by science journalist Natasha Mitchell who also features in the radio show of the same name (Blog link here). Brain Posts. Dr Bill Yates writes about clinical neuroscience (Blog link here). Brain Stimulant. Blog looking at many interesting neuroscience articles including neural prosthetics and computational neuroscience (Blog link here). Citation Needed. Blog by neuroscientist Tal Yarkoni (Blog link here). Dharmendra S Modha’s Cognitive Computing Blog. Blog looking at IBM’s Blue Brain project and other developments in cognitive computing (Blog link here). The Frontal Cortex Blog. Blog by Jonas Lehrer about a variety of neuroscience subjects (Blog link here). The Mouse Trap. Blog by polymath Sandeep Gautam on neuroscience topics as well as interesting theories that he is developing (Blog link here). Neurocritic. Nice blog with critiques of neuroimaging studies and insights into neuroscience (Blog link here). Neuroskeptic. A neuroscientist who takes a ‘sceptical look at his own field’ (Blog link here). Nou Stuff. Blog by neuroscientist Maria Page covering lots of interesting research in neuroscience (Blog link here). On The Brain. Blog by neuroscientist Professor Michael Merzenich who focuses in particular on neural plasticity (Blog link here). Small Gray Matters. Insights into fMRI by a neuroscientist (Blog link here).
Nursing: Mental Nurse. Enjoyable blog by a group of mental health nurses with a range of perspectives on mental health issues. Sadly the blog has disappeared when the domain name lapsed. However ‘This Week in Mentalists’ a feature of the blog has found a home on another site here.
Pharmacology: Furious Seasons. Blog by journalist Philip Dawdy who has Bipolar Illness and writes about a number of issues relating to psychiatry and pharma (Blog link here). Pharma Blog. Blog looking at pharmaceutical news giving a broad overview of developments in the field (Blog link here). Pharmacology Corner. Blog by Dr Flavio Guzman about pharmacology (Blog link here).
Primatology: Differential Biology Reader. Blog by genetics and psychology student Mark Adams comparing humans and other primates (Blog link here). Primatology.net Blog. Interesting blog about primatology (Blog link here).
Sociology: Everyday Sociology. A blog on sociology by a group of sociologists giving insights into contemporary events (Blog link here). The New Social Worker’s Blog. Insights into social work by a social worker student (Blog link here).
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