‘Bob Dragon’

The Dreghorn Mansion on Great Clyde Street was the last of the old Glasgow Mansions but has now been demolished. It was said to be haunted by Robert Dreghorn “Bob … Continue reading ‘Bob Dragon’

BIOTEX

Recently, on social media, the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists offered advice to somebody who had a blood-stained garment. The President said “Soak in cold water overnight. BIOTEX … Continue reading BIOTEX

Suicide Prevention: oral evidence given to the House of Commons

The following evidence on suicide prevention was given by Professor Carmine Pariante and Professor Louis Appleby to the House of Commons on the 29th November 2016. What is shared here … Continue reading Suicide Prevention: oral evidence given to the House of Commons

‘Fattening calves in Strathaven’

On the way back from Ayrshire we passed this ruin. The old maps have revealed that it was a farmhouse called Dykehead:   It must have still had roof up … Continue reading ‘Fattening calves in Strathaven’

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

Communicating with a President

My uncle, Dr Guy Scott, was President of Zambia. When my uncle last visited Scotland we chatted awa as if there was no tomorrow. I have also communicated with a … Continue reading Communicating with a President

The second most popular joke

This was listed as the second most popular joke in the Edinburgh Festival for 2019.  

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

‘Unlocking Power’

There was an interesting article about approaches taken to leadership roles in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper. The article was entitled “Unlocking Power”. On reading the article my mind returned to a … Continue reading ‘Unlocking Power’

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