Time to say goodbye

It was interesting to read this month’s guest blog for the Royal College of Psychiatrists by the Chair of RCPsych Scotland, Professor John Crichton. The College has recently celebrated 25 … Continue reading Time to say goodbye

To the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Friday 15th November 2019. Dear Professor Crichton, Subject: Dr Peter J Gordon, Consultant Psychiatrist for Older Adults (early retirement) As you will be aware I have decided to retire early … Continue reading To the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Thoughts of a senior Scottish Psychiatrist

Every October, as one of the promised actions of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy a report is published by ISD Scotland on the prescribing of ‘Medicines used in the mental … Continue reading Thoughts of a senior Scottish Psychiatrist

“What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?”

The above editorial “What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?” features in the current edition of World Psychiatry and has generated considerable discussion on social media. Ten months ago this “News” … Continue reading “What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?”

Celebrating 25 years

The current edition of INSIGHT, the magazine of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, celebrates 25 years since the College opened its doors in Scotland. This anniversary spans the same period … Continue reading Celebrating 25 years

Akathisia and suicide

Two weeks ago I sent the following letter to the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and England’s National Lead for Suicide Prevention. I have had no acknowledgment of … Continue reading Akathisia and suicide

BIOTEX

Recently, on social media, the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists offered advice to somebody who had a blood-stained garment. The President said “Soak in cold water overnight. BIOTEX … Continue reading BIOTEX

Suicide Prevention: oral evidence given to the House of Commons

The following evidence on suicide prevention was given by Professor Carmine Pariante and Professor Louis Appleby to the House of Commons on the 29th November 2016. What is shared here … Continue reading Suicide Prevention: oral evidence given to the House of Commons

Kelly’s cats

I made this film at the start of the year. It is an artistic film that considers suicide. It is also a film about all that matters to me. Union … Continue reading Kelly’s cats

Antony’s mother

Last week, Antony contacted me. He was in great distress. I replied straight away. This week, Antony’s mother contacted me to tell me that Antony was dead. [Antony’s mother is … Continue reading Antony’s mother

Antony

A week before he took his life, Antony Schofield e-mailed me: Antony Schofield <aschofield@runbox.com> Sun, Aug 25, 11:05 AM Dear Dr Gordon, I have been suffering from extremely severe withdrawal … Continue reading Antony

Kindness, attention and respect

Many years ago, one of my patients who had lost a child to suicide, wrote to me to say: Some years later I read this: I have previously shared considerations … Continue reading Kindness, attention and respect