suicide cairns

You may not be aware of this, but across Scotland there are surviving cairns which mark where somebody who had taken their life was once buried. Generally the names have … Continue reading suicide cairns

Centaurea

Knapweed is the common name for the genus centaurea. There are thought to be more than 500 species of this robust, thistle-like plant. Many gardeners consider Knapweeds to be weeds … Continue reading Centaurea

“PURE DRUGS”

In Logie Churchyard I came across the grave of Dr Henry Dryerre, it was early morning and the sun had just appeared above the horizon. So my eyes were straining … Continue reading “PURE DRUGS”

Dr Marigold’s prescriptions

This film is for Adam. It is the final film in a series.   Music credit: ‘Intruder’ by Peter Gabriel. ‘Dr Marigold’: from the writings of Charles Dickens. The first … Continue reading Dr Marigold’s prescriptions

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

SSRI ‘discontinuation syndrome’ or withdrawal

This Analysis by Massabki and Abi-Jaoude has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It has been made open-access.

A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’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’

A forensic view on sunshine

Dr Mark Swinton, Forensic Psychiatrist, recently said: “The Council for Evidence Based Psychiatry will continue to insinuate that some doctors are financially corrupt, but of course that is OK” I … Continue reading A forensic view on sunshine