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Stories on the intersection of mental health and culture.

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Monster

A World Cup winning coach tells me why sport's most sacred trait - mental toughness - is also its most dangerous.

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No, therapy apps won't kill Freud

Freudian psychoanalysis and cognitive behavioural therapy have been at war over the soul of therapy. Can the rise of technology deliver a winner?

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On my sudden love of horror

What in the name of the father, the son, and the holy ghost is happening to me?

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Exorcism

Seventy years ago, my grandaunt was 'possessed' by an evil spirit. The haunting continues all around us.

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What Sanity readers are dreaming of

Six readers weigh in on the complex present and ideal future of mental health. Keyword: acceptance.

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It's time to drop suicide from cricket's vocabulary

Suicide cannot be a metaphor to describe (sporting) blunders. The game I love needs to take the lead.

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"It's all in your head": Long Covid raises nightmarish questions about medical gaslighting of women

Long Covid has sparked a culture war between survivors and medical experts over what constitutes 'trustworthy' scientific evidence. This is the story of how it could be disproportionately affecting women, seen through the eyes of a two-time Covid survivor.

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🎂 Happy anniversary, bizarre Covid dreams

Covid changed the way we dream. What lies ahead?

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Maa's meat shelf

How we eat makes us who we are as much as what we eat.

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Let's talk: How to feel good about food again

Food was the only form of pleasure I allowed myself without guilt. I am afraid I am losing it, and I don't want to.

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Cybergrief has no unsubscribe button

My fantasy is to be able to choose my grief. I want to mark as spam all the grief in the world that I cannot handle. But grief born on the internet doesn't care for my fantasy.

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Let's talk: Has the mental health pendulum really swung too far?

Are we creating a culture where celebrating healing and recovery is ridiculed and demonised?