Micha Frazer-Carroll is a writer, editor, and advocate whose work ventures into the radical politics of madness and mental health. Our exploration will excavate the connections between mental health, power structures, societal norms, liberation, and disability justice.
A columnist at the Independent and previously an editor for publications such as the Guardian, gal-dem, and Blueprint, a mental health magazine that she founded, Micha has consistently used her voice to challenge mainstream, decontextualized, and depoliticized discourses in psychology and psychiatry. As a result, Micha has positioned herself at the forefront of redefining how we approach and understand madness in our society.
Her book, "Mad World: The Politics of Mental Health," published by Pluto Press, is an insightful journey that unearths mental health as a political issue, extending beyond mere personal concern. It challenges our understanding of mental health by connecting it to capitalism, racism, disability justice, queer liberation, and other social frameworks.
In Mad World, she is breaking barriers and creating new ways to understand care, empathy, and mental health itself. It’s been hailed as a “radical antidote” to how we usually think about these subjects, a guide for anyone who wants to challenge the status quo in our fields.
As we discuss "The Radical Politics of Madness" today, we'll explore what it means to reframe mental health as an urgent political concern and how Micha's work serves as a testament to the transformative power of radical thinking in a world often confined by labels, diagnoses, and societal constraints.
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