What Does It Mean To Be Called “Crazy” in A Crazy World?


Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness reveals the human side of mental illness. In this remarkable collection of interviews and essays, therapist, Madness Radio host, and schizophrenia survivor Will Hall asks, “What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?”

More than 60 voices of psychiatric patients, scientists, journalists, doctors, activists, and artists create a vital new conversation about empowering the human spirit. Outside Mental Health invites us to rethink what we know about bipolar, psychosis, schizophrenia, depression, medications, and mental illness in society.

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  • Bold, fearless, and compellingly readable."

    -- Christoper Lane
    Author of Shyness:
    How Normal Behavior Became a Disease

  • A vital and vibrant collection. Required reading for anyone who cares deeply about mental health and its discontents."

    -- Jonathan Metzl MD
    Author of The Protest Psychosis:
    Black Politics and Schizophrenia

  • This is a brilliant book... Nicely written, and wonderfully grand and big-hearted in its exploration of the world of mental health."

    -- Robert Whitaker
    Author of Anatomy of An Epidemic: Magic Bullets,
    Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

  • An intelligent, thought-provoking, and rare concept... These are voices worth listening to."

    -- Mary O'Hara
    Guardian newspaper columnist

  • A fantastic resource for those who are seeking change."

    -- Dr. Pat Bracken MD
    psychiatrist and Clinical Director of
    Mental Health Service, West Cork, Ireland

  • A terrific conversation partner."

    -- Joshua Wolf Shenk
    author of Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged
    a President and Fueled His Greatness

  • Speaks powerfully to the dominant narrative about mental illness."

    -- Alison Hillman
    Open Society Foundation Human Rights Initiative

  • Reads with fierce emotional intensity and extraordinary triumphs, creativity, and originality."

    -- Stanley Siegel
    Author, The Patient Who Cured His Therapist and Other Tales of Therapy

  • Thank you so much for all the love and energy that went into bringing the book together. I'm half way through, savoring every story, and finding parts of myself I lost and let go of. It's a beautiful work of love and kindness."

    -- Reader from California


Interviews include:
Gary Greenberg, Bonfire Madigan, Robert Whitaker, Eleanor Longden, John Horgan, Alisha Ali, Christopher Lane, Clare Shaw, Ethan Watters, Paula Caplan, Jonathan Metzl, Jacks McNamara, Tim Wise, Kalle Lasn, Arnold Mindell, David Burns, Eddie Bartók-Baratta, Miguel Mendías, Matthew Morrissey, Louis Sass, John Rice, Susan McKeown, Mel Gunasena, Sascha DuBrul, Dina Tyler, Rufus May, Steven Morgan, Paul Levy, Leah Harris, Clare Shaw, Daniel Mackler, Cheryl Alexander, Adi Hasanbašic, Linda Andre, Laura Delano, Monica Cassani, Joanna Moncrieff, Richard DeGrandpre, David Cohen, Jacqui Dillon, Lee Hurter, Ari Ne’eman, Pat Bracken, Terry Kupers, David Walker, Philip Morgan, Inez Kochius, Jenny Westberg, Marykate Conor, Caty Simon, David Webb, Ruta Mazelis, Oryx Cohen, Bruce Levine, James Gottstein, Peter Stastny, and dozens more…

Acclaim for
Outside Mental Health:
Voices and Visions of Madness

Christopher Lane

Will Hall’s Madness Radio has long been for many a refuge and an oasis from the overblown claims and corporate interests of American psychiatry and Big Pharma. This collection of interviews and writings—bold, fearless, and compellingly readable—captures Madness Radio’s importance and fierce independence, urging us to think differently and anew about the “thought disorders” involved in illness and wellness, sanity and recovery. Required reading.

Robert Whitaker

This is a brilliant book… Nicely written, and wonderfully grand and big-hearted in its exploration of the world of mental health and much more. Remarkable in scope, Outside Mental Health delves into autobiography, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and spirituality. Will Hall elevates the radio interview format into an art.

Mary O’Hara

An intelligent, thought-provoking, and rare concept…These are voices worth listening to.

Yana Jacobs

Will Hall’s gentle wisdom shines through in this diverse collection of intimate interviews. Outside Mental Health adds to our collective understanding of the complexity of human suffering, and offers new opportunities for compassion and healing.

Joshua Wolf Shenk

A terrific conversation partner.

Maxine Sheets-Johnstone PhD

It is an exhilarating challenge and a great pleasure to be interviewed by Will Hall – a widely knowledgeable and widely explorative interviewer.

Alison Hillman

Outside Mental Health is a must-read, not only for those in the mental health field, family members, and those who experience extreme or altered states, but for anyone interested in creating a more just and compassionate world. Hall’s lyric, authentic voice, woven throughout, speaks powerfully to the dominant narrative about mental illness, and provides hope for transformational change in our approach to emotional distress.

Paul Levy

There are few books that I come across that make me want to drop everything I am doing and immediately read it on the spot. Outside Mental Health is one such book. Will Hall has given us a real gift: this book offers us a new, helpful, liberating—and dare I say, sane—way of re- envisioning our ideas of both the nature of mental health and mental illness in a world gone mad. Truly an inspired, and inspiring, work.

Stanley Siegel

This extraordinary book will make a difference for therapists and “patients” alike. Interviews and essays acknowledge the overuse of medication and hospitalization, but don’t demonize these treatments… Outside Mental Health reads with fierce emotional intensity: journeys shaped by forced treatments, homelessness, and soul-crushing family conflicts, as well as extraordinary triumphs, creativity, and originality.

Susan McKeown

Phenomenal… a tome of treasures, filled with great findings for all kinds of seekers. And it begins with Will Hall’s story, bravely and lovingly told. When I discovered Will’s work after a crisis in my own family, the madness began to make sense. Now in this outstanding book he has brought together a rich trove of fascinating interviews with survivors, philosophers, researchers, artists, psychiatrists, journalists and scientists, all of whom illuminate the darkness and plot innovative strategies for survival and recovery.

Arnold Mindell PhD

Outside Mental Health explores the lived experience of extreme states and psychiatric treatments with openness and curiosity. Will Hall brings lessons learned from his own altered states and work as a therapist to offer fresh perspectives on madness and how to respond to it.

Dr. Pat Bracken MD

The biggest question facing mental health care is: who should be in control and who should make the decisions? Who should say what mental crises are, what treatment should be, and what recovery means? I am truly honored to recommend this book. Will Hall has done an extraordinary job bringing together a wide-ranging and diverse collection, all united by a concern with empowerment. These voices challenge current orthodoxy and constitute a fantastic resource for those who are seeking change.

Gabriella Coleman

Clarity, grace, insight, compassion and most of all wisdom: these are the qualities that you will find in these powerful interviews and writings assembled by long time mental health advocate Will Hall. The lessons that spring forth from these interviews are innumerable but one recurs time and again: without true choice, in other words without freedom, there can be no health, healing and recovery.

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