Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

The Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland recently presented the awards for this years best films. In past years I have been one of the judges for … Continue reading Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

70,000 followers

On the 29th April 2019, André Tomlin, a Founder and Board Member of Minervation Ltd,  shared on social media: “I started the Mental Elf 8 years ago. Today we ticked … Continue reading 70,000 followers

“It is time to drive the stake into its misbegotten heart”

In a recent perspective published in the Psychiatric Times, Ronald Pies, MD, said Ronald Pies, MD, Editor-in-Chief Emeriti for the Psychiatric Times, continued: This perspective is developed under the following … Continue reading “It is time to drive the stake into its misbegotten heart”

“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

Open questions to Professor Daniel Smith

A recent NHS Scotland study by Professor Daniel J. Smith of the University of Glasgow was widely reported because of the “concerning findings”. This was a typical headline [the Herald]:The authors concluded that … Continue reading Open questions to Professor Daniel Smith

‘The Medical Model in Mental Health’

This book by Dr Samei Huda is soon to be published by Oxford University Press. It promises to offer an “explanation and evaluation” of the ‘Medical Model in Mental Health’. … Continue reading ‘The Medical Model in Mental Health’

‘Even in today’s enlightened age . . .’

The above is a quote from Roy Porter a historian specialising in the history of medicine. It is an old quote as sadly Roy Porter died at a young age … Continue reading ‘Even in today’s enlightened age . . .’

‘The rules of science’

How many of us, like Dr Jauhar, are today guided by “the rules of science”? This short film is based on an edit of this interview and debate, aired on ‘All … Continue reading ‘The rules of science’

‘appointed member’

Professor Oliver Howes is an appointed member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychopharmacology Committee. Professor Howes is one of those involved in providing Continuing Medical Education (CME) at this … Continue reading ‘appointed member’

Pattern language: the professionals

The Realistic Medicine conference held at Dunblane on the 9th October 2018 was entitled: Unfortunately I was unable to be at this conference. One of my concerns relates to the … Continue reading Pattern language: the professionals

“When do researchers lie?”

This article, by Doctor Simon Wessely, was published in the Irish Independent on Tuesday 1st November 1994.