DIVISIONS

To anti-THIS and anti-THAT – each day a new ‘recruit’ is enlisted: played out on a BINGO card – but this is not a game. In the anti-WORLD of military … Continue reading DIVISIONS

Glad it’s all over

July 2020. CR229: a ‘Position Statement’ by the Royal College of Psychiatrists has been published: The Final report of the Patient Safety Group on Self-Harm and Suicide in Adults.  CR229: makes … Continue reading Glad it’s all over

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

Protected: “Their own idea of what is professional behaviour is clearly wrong”

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‘Real Psychiatry’

Dr George Dawson, MD, DFAPA is an American psychiatrist and is the author of this blog: I have included the two images above of Dr Dawson, separated as they are … Continue reading ‘Real Psychiatry’

Parma Violets

If you have read some of my writings, you may have come across me sharing one of my earliest memories: it was from a Silvercross pram that my mum used … Continue reading Parma Violets

“Advice for researchers receiving harassment”

This 2019 publication from the Science Media Centre can be accessed in full here. It is not clear who was involved in writing this advice for the Science Media Centre … Continue reading “Advice for researchers receiving harassment”

‘Workforce wellbeing’

Last Friday I learned that the Royal College of Psychiatrists was worried that my ideas were “over-valued”. The same day the College shared its full response to the recent General … Continue reading ‘Workforce wellbeing’

Under-valued ideas

Almost a year ago the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor John Crichton, phoned me in connection with a wider debate around the media … Continue reading Under-valued ideas

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

“Humbug”

The Editor of the Scotland on Sunday, in reference to language used in Parliament in the last week of September 2019, was of the opinion that it was: The Editor … Continue reading “Humbug”