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Friday, 02, June, 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.

What is the risk of permanent sexual dysfunction from antidepressants?

Sexual dysfunction is a common and debilitating adverse effect of SSRI drugs, with up to 73% of antidepressant...

Antidepressants have destroyed my sexual function and range of emotions

I’m Simon, a 33-year-old male from the UK. Back in 2012 after I graduated from...

Campaign against ECT gains traction

Country music legend Naomi Judd died by suicide on April 30, 2022 after a public struggle...

Lancet Psychiatry: We are undervaluing the placebo effect

In a new article in Lancet Psychiatry, researcher Matt Burke at the University of Toronto draws attention...

Breaking blind: antipsychotic drug efficacy may be overestimated

A new study in BMJ Mental Health found that antipsychotic drug researchers rarely bother to assess whether...

The hidden risks of school mental health programmes

In a recent article published in the BJPsych Bulletin, researchers argue that school mental health...

Austerity is shattering lives. How should mental health professionals respond?

It is often assumed that mental health professionals work with people in distress on an...

The emerging field of ‘psychological humanities’ could broaden our understanding of mental health

A new scholarly article explores the ongoing debate surrounding the classification of mental disorders as...

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court could surge the psychiatric labelling and drugging of Native American foster youth

If the Brackeen v. Halland case currently challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978...

Prescribers often fail to support patients discontinuing antidepressants, study finds

A majority of patients seeking medical support when discontinuing antidepressants found their prescribing doctors to...

The ‘capacity for suicide phenomenon’ and the Mental Capacity Act

This article critically analyses the use of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) in UK mental...

Global survey leads to new recommendations for deprescribing psychiatric drugs

New recommendations for deprescribing and tapering antidepressants, benzodiazepines, z-drugs, gabapentinoids, and opioids have been made...
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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.