Scotland needs to create space for all voices

Chrys Muirhead recently wrote a blog post “appealing for survivor voices to be welcomed and respected in Scottish mental health arenas”. I offered this short supportive reply: Dear Chrys, You are … Continue reading Scotland needs to create space for all voices

“RCPsych Congress . . . it’s all you need!”

I have been receiving weekly invites to this International Congress [to my NHS e-mail address]. The latest invitation makes the statement that “it’s all you need!” The previous invitation was titled … Continue reading “RCPsych Congress . . . it’s all you need!”

Antidepressants (Overuse)

On the 9th May 2018 Michelle Ballantyne, MSP, raised the important issue of antidepressant overuse in the Scottish Parliament: This was the first part of the response made by the … Continue reading Antidepressants (Overuse)

Delve into brilliant minds

My NHS e-mail regularly receives invites to the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress. It is a congress that I have never attended as I remain concerned that we still … Continue reading Delve into brilliant minds

I N S I G H T

Psychiatrists across the world, when assessing mental states, have to consider “insight”. Psychiatrists, like myself, are also taught the “subjective-objective divide”. This “divide” has always troubled me, as it would … Continue reading I N S I G H T

A letter in the Times: ‘Pills for depression’

On the 25th February 2018 the following letter was published in the Times. It was written by Professor David Baldwin, Chair of the Psychopharmacology Committee, and Professor Wendy Burn, the … Continue reading A letter in the Times: ‘Pills for depression’

For some, candour need not be a “duty”

On the 1st April 2018 Duty of Candour Regulations will come into force in Scotland: The Scottish Press has reported this. Here is one such headline: However this headline is … Continue reading For some, candour need not be a “duty”

Words and numbers should be used with equal care

I have submitted the following to the BMJ in response to this research news: Large meta-analysis ends doubts about efficacy of antidepressants Not uncommonly, as part of the scientific community, … Continue reading Words and numbers should be used with equal care

“Villains and Demonisers”

Almost a decade ago, one of the advisors to the Scottish Government on prescribing of antidepressants stated that it was the general public and their “distaste” for antidepressants that were … Continue reading “Villains and Demonisers”

It is important to record the narrative of dementia policy in Scotland accurately

I recently wrote to the Minister for Mental Health with concerns about  the way the Scottish Government has chosen to record the narrative of dementia policy in Scotland. I have … Continue reading It is important to record the narrative of dementia policy in Scotland accurately

NHS Scotland: “leading Integration”

This event has been widely advertised. When I first read the Conference title I assumed that it was about integration of health and social services. The pledges on the NHS … Continue reading NHS Scotland: “leading Integration”