Intended for healthcare professionals


Five minutes with . . . the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 18 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6202

What is mental illness?

Mental illness is sensitivity with frightful insights. Troubled with demons and fears, but bubbling with dreams and ideas, sensitivity enlightens us with creative insights. So let’s listen, learn, solace, and support, but not stigmatize, marginalize, ostracize, or hospitalize. Sensitivity is creativity, not negativity.

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 November 2015
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA