suicide cairns

You may not be aware of this, but across Scotland there are surviving cairns which mark where somebody who had taken their life was once buried. Generally the names have … Continue reading suicide cairns

Uley Blues

Wellington Dauncey was born in Dursley on the 12th December 1824, the son of Titus and Mary Ann. He came from a family of cloth makers. Wellington Dauncey took his … Continue reading Uley Blues

‘Wife of Otto’

In front of Dunblane cathedral there is a dark marble grave with a fallen cross. The design is very stark and the fallen cross long and thin. It looked manly. … Continue reading ‘Wife of Otto’

Captain Slater

This film is for Captain Slater. Music credits: (1) ‘Chasing the Sun’ by James Ross (2) ‘Motets’ – by Johann Christian Bach My thanks to Dr Ian Collins The following … Continue reading Captain Slater

A timeline of missed opportunities

This film presents a timeline from 2002 to 2019 in relation to England’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy. The film presents missed opportunities, in particular the potential role of prescribed medications … Continue reading A timeline of missed opportunities

My retirement

I have been considering, for some time now, whether I should continue doing what I do in terms of what some refer to as ‘activism’. My interest is in ethics, … Continue reading My retirement

“Their own idea of what is professional behaviour is clearly wrong”

Dr Samei Huda [11 January 2020]: “The reason the complaints have not been successful is because they are baseless. Any decent reflective professional would reflect that means their own idea … Continue reading “Their own idea of what is professional behaviour is clearly wrong”

Ten years of communication with Professor Appleby

Millie Kieve: “I have been communicating with Professor Appleby for 10 years, to try to have the well recorded risk of suicidal feelings due to prescribed drugs or withdrawal effects, … Continue reading Ten years of communication with Professor Appleby

Whitehaugh

A film about the Forbes-Leith family of Whitehaugh, near Alford. Music credit: ‘Sunrise’ by Coldplay

SSRI ‘discontinuation syndrome’ or withdrawal

This Analysis by Massabki and Abi-Jaoude has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It has been made open-access.

Two men had called

This film is about the reasons behind the suicide of Alexander Craib, farmer, Glencowie (Glencuie) on the estate of Glenkindie. Music credit: ‘Exit music’ by Steven Lindsay

A forensic view

I was interested to read this view by Dr Mark Swinton, MD, MRCPsych, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist [5 January 2020]: “People who describe psychiatry on Twitter seem to be describing an … Continue reading A forensic view