Medical Guidelines and lived experience

Many like me will welcome the news that NICE has amended its guidelines on depression. The hope must be that there will be better understanding and support for those, like … Continue reading Medical Guidelines and lived experience

“He responded that his profession was being a humanist”

In what follows I have selected some of my favourite quotes from Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes and imaginatively/adventurously/romantically ‘linked’ them with some of my creative work:   

Vintage Cervantes

I have recently read Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes. It is a wonderful book and has, like all good books, a lot to ‘say’ for today. I am going … Continue reading Vintage Cervantes

in the middle

   in the middle of a few days in G A L L O W A Y an adventure began in which a film could neither begin nor end. … Continue reading in the middle

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

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

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

“People don’t believe a word I say”

In this old film of mine, which considers my experience of the selective-serotonin-reuptake inhibitor, SEROXAT, I said at one point: “People don’t believe a word I say” This was a … Continue reading “People don’t believe a word I say”

‘Partisan’

This post shares e-mails that I have previously sent to Prof Rob Howard, Old Age Psychiatrist and Dementia Researcher, University College London. I have not included any e-mails from Professor … Continue reading ‘Partisan’

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

It is by living that we learn

The following account of my experience of trying to stop an antidepressant features in today’s Daily Mail. This did not feel a comfortable thing to share in a national newspaper … Continue reading It is by living that we learn