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

National Suicide Prevention Strategy

Last month I wrote to the Lead for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England. The current lead, Professor Louis Appleby, has a prominent social media presence and naturally many … Continue reading National Suicide Prevention Strategy

“elf-haunted”

In ‘Pale Fire’ Vladimir Nabokov talks of “the elf-haunted alderwood”. All woodlands need light or there will not be new growth.

“Unpicked” by an Expert

I shared some of my reflections on the Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People with the senior Scottish Psychiatrist and Government advisor who had given a presentation … Continue reading “Unpicked” by an Expert

I was not given the opportunity to say this in the Scottish Parliament . . .

I sent this e-mail the day following the Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People held in April 2017: Dear Convener I hope that you do not mind … Continue reading I was not given the opportunity to say this in the Scottish Parliament . . .

‘The Mind Gap’

The following Letter by Marion Brown, Psychotherapist and mediator, was published online by the British Journal Of General Practice, 11 March 2019. I asked Marion Brown if I could share … Continue reading ‘The Mind Gap’

“I had dinner with William Sargant . . .”

The March 2019 edition of the British Journal of General Practice focuses on mental health. The Editor, Roger Jones, opened the journal: The Editor then went on to consider R … Continue reading “I had dinner with William Sargant . . .”

GAS LIGHT

This film is for Truthman30 Credits: (1) Footage of Grangemouth from the brilliant film ‘SHUTDOWN’  (2) ‘Vote for Me’ – by the Specials (I do not have copyright) (3) Quotes … Continue reading GAS LIGHT

“Tired”

The Scottish Parliament returned from summer recess this week and the First Minister outlined her Programme for Government during a speech to the Scottish Parliament. The first Minister offered “a … Continue reading “Tired”

Another disappointing response from the Scottish Government

I recently shared my concerns about this Lundbeck sponsored meeting: I have also documented why I do not share the view of the Chief Executive Officer of Royal College of … Continue reading Another disappointing response from the Scottish Government

But all the biosciences yield to biofiction

In my reading I collect ideas as “marginalia“. What follows are the words of others, including: Richard Holloway, Anne Tyler, Will Self, Tomas Tranströmer, Thomas Mann, Albert Camus, Julian Barnes, … Continue reading But all the biosciences yield to biofiction

‘The medical untouchables’

The following is a recent opinion piece by Dr Des Spence published in the British Journal of General Practice. I had been lined up to do the media interviews on … Continue reading ‘The medical untouchables’