1st Edition

Social Crisis and Mental Health Signs of Sanity

By Peter Morrall Copyright 2024

    This book focuses on the paradoxical effect of social crises on mental health. When crises occur, there's an upsurge of mental suffering due to an intensification of such social insanities as violence, inequality, and insecurity. Paradoxically, there are positive consequences due to acts of kindness, cooperation, and the ability to cope and hope.

    Two interconnected categories of social crises are covered in the book. These are as follows: contagions (for example, the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous outbreaks of plague and smallpox since medieval times, and the 1918 influenza pandemic); conflicts (including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and aspects of world war such as the Holocaust, the use of nuclear bombs in the Second World War, and the climate emergency). What is also explored in the book is whether there is an amplification of everyday difficulties whereby having a ‘mental health problem’ has become normalised. The idea of ‘mental-healthism’ is introduced to explain the cultural shift towards this apparent normalisation of ordinary psychological suffering.

    The book will be of interest to students, practitioners, and researchers from sociology, psychology, nursing, social work, and psychiatry, among others.

    Introduction.  1.Catastrophes and Contradictions.  2.Mental Health Crisis.  3.Mental-healthism.  4.Signs of Sanity.  Conclusion.  


    Peter Morrall is Visiting Associate Professor in Health and Sociology at the University of Leeds, UK, and a Tutor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of York, UK. Morrall has worked in the mental health field and researched, written, and taught about the subject for decades.