Mental Health Awareness with Palgrave Macmillan

Scholarly research and resources

Join us in Recognising Mental Illness

During May 2017, we are acknowledging the importance of mental health awareness in correlation with the below events.

In light of these initiatives, we have brought together a selection of multidisciplinary books and journals which examine the issues surrounding mental health. Our content below discusses mental health on a whole range of levels, from psychology and politics to theatre and history.

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FEATURED SERIES: Mental Health in Historical Perspective

Covering all historical periods and geographical contexts, the series explores how mental illness has been understood, experienced, diagnosed, treated and contested. It will publish works that engage actively with contemporary debates related to mental health and, as such, will be of interest not only to historians, but also mental health professionals, patients and policy makers. With its focus on mental health, rather than just psychiatry, the series will endeavour to provide more patient-centred histories. Although this has long been an aim of health historians, it has not been realised, and this series aims to change that. The scope of the series is kept as broad as possible to attract good quality proposals about all aspects of the history of mental health from all periods. 

Explore the series.

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Palgrave Journals

To help raise awareness for mental health, Palgrave Journals brings together a selection of recent articles which cover a number of relevant topics.

These articles are free to read until 2nd June 2017.

Social Theory & Health

Bureaucratically distorted communication: The case of managed mental health care

Psychiatry’s little other: DSM-5 and debates over psychiatric science

The politics of recovery in mental health: A left libertarian policy analysis


DSM over time: From legitimisation of authority to hegemony

Therapeutic governmentality and biopower in a Canadian mental health court

Journal of Public Health Policy​​​​​​​

State Clean Indoor Air Laws and smoking among adults with poor mental health


Racism, Migration, and Mental Health. Theoretical Reflections from Belgium ​​​​​​​

Other Journals of Interest

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Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society (PCS) is an international journal of clinical and academic relevance exploring the intersection between psychoanalysis and the social world.

The journal is of primary interest to psychoanalytically informed scholars in the social and political sciences, media, cultural and literary studies, and to clinicians and practitioners concerned to explore the relationship between the social and the psychic.

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The American Journal of Psychoanalysis (AJP) features a broad range of contemporary theoretical, clinical, professional and cultural concepts of psychoanalysis and presents related investigations in allied fields.

It is a fully peer-reviewed journal, which welcomes psychoanalytic papers from all schools of thought that address the interests and concerns of scholars and practitioners of psychoanalysis and contribute meaningfully to the understanding of human experience. 

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From Palgrave Communications

On balance: lifestyle, mental health and wellbeing

Guest Editor: Dr Ali Haggett (Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter, UK)

During the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, scientists, clinicians, policy-makers and patients have repeatedly mobilised concepts of ‘balance’ to explain the functions and malfunctions of bodies and minds and to promote wellbeing. This article collection aims to explore the ways in which changing notions of balance have been used to understand the causes of mental illness, to rationalise new approaches to its treatment and prevention, and to validate advice relating to balance in work and family life. Drawing on a range of approaches and methodologies, from the history of medicine, anthropology and psychology the articles collectively explore the various ways in which the concept of balance emerged in twentieth-century debates about psychological health and wellbeing in Britain and the United States. The collection also examines the ways in which the term has perhaps been utlilsed as a rhetorical construct—a ‘metaphorical device’ employed to articulate a range of broader social and cultural anxieties about well-being and modern living.