The Colour of Madness: Mental Health and Race in Technicolour

Editor : Samara Linton, Editor : Rianna Walcott

The Colour of Madness: Mental Health and Race in Technicolour

Book Details

  • Publisher : Bluebird
  • Published : May 2022
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 338
  • Category :
    Clinical Psychology
  • Category 2 :
    Memoir
  • Catalogue No : 96427
  • ISBN 13 : 9781529088496
  • ISBN 10 : 9781529088
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The Colour of Madness is a groundbreaking collection of work that amplifies the voices of people of colour and their experiences with mental health.

Statistics show that people from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds in the UK have not only experienced inadequate mental health treatment in comparison to their white counterparts, but are also more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act. From micro-aggressions, inherent bias, religious/cultural influences and social stigma, people of colour are consistently fighting to be heard, believed, and offered help beyond the need for ticking off diversity boxes.

These are the voices of those who have been ignored. Updated for 2022, The Colour of Madness is a vital and timely tribute to all the lives that have been touched by medical inequalities and aims to disrupt the whitewashed narrative of mental health in the UK. A compelling collection of memoir, essays, poetry, short fiction and artwork, this book will bring solace to those who have shared similar experiences, and provide a powerful insight into the everyday impact of racism for those looking to further understand and combat this injustice.

The book was first published in 2018. Editors Dr Samara Linton and Rianna Walcott ended their relationship with their previous publisher in 2021 when the press was linked to a far-right group. The editors have since collaborated with a new publisher and present this updated edition complete with more contributions and powerful artwork.

Reviews and Endorsements

'A welcome contribution to the mission to heal and positively transform our mental health, physical health and well-being. - Dr Jacqui Dyer, health and social care consultant and Black Thrive Global Director.

'The Colour of Madness leaves my heart simultaneously aching at what Black and Brown people are forced to survive under, and full because I lost count of how many times I saw myself on these pages.' - Paula Akpan journalist and author.

'Invaluable' - BBC

'The Colour of Madness is a seminal body of work that centres our voices authentically and unapologetically.' Melissa Cummings-Quarry, co-founder of Black Girls Book Club.

About the Editor(s)

Dr Samara Linton is an award-winning writer, content producer, and former junior doctor. Samara is the co-author of and has written for several platforms, including gal-dem, Metro, Huffington Post, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She is a University of Cambridge and University College London graduate. She currently works in audio production at the BBC.

Rianna Walcott is an academic, activist, writer, and musician. She is a LAHP-funded PhD candidate at Kings College London researching Black women's identity in digital spaces, and a graduate twiceover from the University of Edinburgh. Co-founder of projectmyopia, which promotes inclusivity in academia and decolonising the curriculum, Rianna has written for publications including The Wellcome Collection, Metro, Vice, Dazed and The Guardian.

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