A few weeks ago, I was asked to write a piece on 'mental illness'. The brief came as a request to help reassure someone whose partner had recently been diagnosed with 'depression'. My perspective was sought because I don't believe in 'mental illnesses' as they're currently sold to us, and believe they are, in fact, a healthy sign, an alarm bell, indicating to us where the real sickness lies - deep within the fabric of every aspect of modern society.
I wrote the piece, and then, days later, the UK was torn apart with panic over the Tottenham riots (that started in North London, but quickly spread around the capital and country). I felt the themes raised in my Mental Illness piece correlated very strongly to the riots, and to the explosive commentary and political debate that now surrounds them, so I wanted to make it public.
I welcome all comments and feedback.