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Saturday, 01, April, 2023

Fundamentally re-thinking UK mental health practice
and promoting positive change


Essays from a diverse selection of writers, which aim to change the professional and public discourse about emotional distress and unusual experiences.

Paternalism and psychiatry

It seems to me that many doctors who self-select to do postgraduate training in psychiatry...

Physical activity improves symptoms of depression and anxiety

A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine finds that physical activity (PA) can...

Restless Heart Syndrome: just hearing about psychiatry is enough

As someone who has Complex Trauma and Dissociative Identity from childhood abuse, it is perhaps...

Post-SSRI sexual dysfunction: understanding the neurobiology

Sexual dysfunction is a common adverse effect of antidepressant drugs, particularly SSRIs. One study found that up...

‘More like spin-the-bottle than science’: My mission to find proper treatment for my son’s psychosis

From The Guardian: “Psychosis is often thought to be genetic, or a symptom of brain chemistry...

New guidance on antidepressant withdrawal for doctors

A new article in the British Journal of General Practice advises primary care doctors regarding antidepressant withdrawal....

Declining youth mental health may be driven by increased abuse and bullying

Young adults around the world are reporting three to five times more physical abuse, sexual...

Researchers question the foundational assumptions of neuropsychology

Why does psychology struggle so much to achieve meaningful findings? In what has been termed...

The cost of being labelled as ‘mentally ill’

I had a brain haemorrhage and stroke aged 32. These were misdiagnosed and dismissed as...

UK suicide prevention policies prioritise surveillance over social change

Suicide prevention policies are a ‘biopolitical surveillance’ playground, according to a new paper in Critical Social...

Mad Camp Summer 2023

Dina began to pray, and you know when Dina starts to pray, things are getting...
psychiatry kierkegaard freud

I needed Kierkegaard and Freud; a psychiatrist prescribed cereal bars

The philosopher Ian Hacking described a looping effect, whereby people adjust themselves to become more...
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Jo Watson’s incredible poem ‘I’m with her’ inspired by Eleanor Longden’s story. Film by Ian Smith


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A list of groups and resources that you may find helpful. If you are aware of other resources that we should consider adding, please let us know by email: [email protected].

Mad in America – Mad in America’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care in the United States (and abroad).

The Power Threat Meaning Framework – Towards the identification of patterns in emotional distress, unusual experiences and troubled or troubling behaviour, as an alternative to functional psychiatric diagnosis.

Drop the Disorder (Facebook) –  a group for anyone who is interested in challenging traditional approaches to emotional distress.

A Disorder 4 Everyone – Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis – creating change. Provides events, blogs and other resources.

A free-to-use guide to the healing of psychological trauma is available. It comprises information, approaches to healing and resources together with links to selected clinicians, organisations, projects and support groups. Download the pdf here: Healing Psychological Trauma

Hearing Voices Network – If you hear voices, HVN can help – we are committed to helping people who hear voices. We offer information, support and understanding to people who hear voices and those who support them.

International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (UK) – works to promote greater knowledge of the different psychological approaches to psychosis and psychotic experiences – psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, arts-based, family and holistic approaches – and their better integration with each other and with pharmaceutical approaches.

The Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry – CEP exists to communicate evidence of the potentially harmful effects of psychiatric drugs to the people and institutions in the UK that can make a difference.

The Inner Compass Initiative and Withdrawal Project – provides information, resources, tools, and connecting platforms to facilitate more informed choices regarding all things “mental health”.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prescribed Drug Dependence will address the growing problem of prescribed drug dependence by demanding appropriate services for those affected, proper training for medical professionals, reduced prescribing through adherence to new and existing guidelines, better data regarding the prevalence of PDD and more research into long-term harms associated with PDD.

More resources are listed here.