Asylum (magazine)

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Asylum is a quarterly not-for-profit publication described by its creators as a "forum for debate about mental health and psychiatry". It is based in the UK, and was first published in 1986. It was established by Alec Jenner, professor of psychiatry,[1] Phil Virden, executive editor for the first six years, Lin Bigwood, among others. Terence McLaughlin was the magazine's executive editor from 2000 to 2007. Inspired by the Democratic Psychiatry movement in Italy, the first issue contained a long interview with R. D. Laing:‘Psychiatric Democracy in Italy, The Politics of Mental Health’.

It is currently published by PCCS books[2] and is run by an editorial collective of unpaid volunteers.[3] The magazine contains articles, cartoons, news and comments and a creative writing section, covering controversial issues around psychiatry. Anyone can submit content to the magazine, but the Editorial Collective claims to "particularly focus on content that would not be found in the mainstream press". The magazine was re-launched in 2010, after a short break. The Magazine runs conferences, public meetings and other events. There is a London group formed in 2012. [4]


  1. ^ "Professor Alec Jenner - Honorary Doctorate - 1992". 
  2. ^ Parker, Ian. "Asylum: Democratic Psychiatry in 2010". Socialist Resistance. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Speech Acts /". Mandy Actors. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Shennan, Guy. "Asylum Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry". Guy Shennan Associates. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 

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