Moonstruck: 500 years of mental health

This exhibition encourages us to examine our own ideas around mental health and aims to show how, even now, many older stereotypes and ideas about these conditions remain unchanged.

Moonstruck: 500 years of mental health

About Moonstruck: 500 years of mental health

The story of mental health…

from witchcraft and home remedies to straitjackets and ECT

The illustrations, books and objects displayed in this exhibition show the changing understanding of mental health over the last 500 years.

This is not simply a history of psychiatry, although that is an important part of this story. It also includes mental health experiences which date from long before the profession of psychiatry existed and uncovers the self-help remedies of those who never came into contact with medical professionals.

Additionally it considers the role of physicians, including Fellows and Members of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, in the support for and treatment of these conditions.

This exhibition encourages us to examine our own ideas around mental health and aims to show how, even now, many older stereotypes and ideas about these conditions remain unchanged.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Moonstruck: 500 years of mental health are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment. All information (whether in text or photographs) is given in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact.

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