20/20 vision – right to reply [an edited transcript]

Without sharing a little of the backdrop, and some of the thoughts that inspired it, this film risks being misunderstood. My last day as a doctor was on 20-1-20. I … Continue reading 20/20 vision – right to reply [an edited transcript]

The City is yours

Today we are heading to Paris for a family weekend. A present from Andrew and Rachel to their mum. In April 1964 my parents spent their honeymoon in Paris. This … Continue reading The City is yours

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”

Doctor’s use of social media

Dr Kate Lovett, The Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, who I have met and have a huge amount of respect for, recently shared this reminder: Dean of Royal … Continue reading Doctor’s use of social media

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

Long live the Wessely School!

Dr Adrian James has been elected as the next President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. As Registrar of the College I sent [by post] two letters to Dr Adrian … Continue reading Long live the Wessely School!

A conversation from 2014 on the duration of antidepressant treatment

This correspondence with Professor Ian Reid is from 2014. This is the first time that I have shared it in the public domain. In my opinion, narrative is no less … Continue reading A conversation from 2014 on the duration of antidepressant treatment

A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

Professor Ian Reid, who died tragically early at the age of 53 on 15 June 2014, played a leading role in British, especially Scottish academic psychiatry for over two decades. … Continue reading A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

‘The gentle art of winning friends and influencing people’

By Professor Sir Simon Wessely [this blog was written by Professor Sir Simon Wessely when he was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It has since been cited as … Continue reading ‘The gentle art of winning friends and influencing people’