Mental health is a complex issue: one in which we all have a stake. Much has been learned over the past few decades regarding the causes and best treatments in this area, but there is still a great deal more that can and should be done. Research into prevention and management is much needed to develop the evidence base for what works.
The field of mental health has generated contested ideas and beliefs as well as polarisation, bitterness, and intransigence. That is why the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society have come together to affirm a common set of ideals and principles for how we, as professionals, discuss these topics. Our suggestions here are not intended to be prescriptive, nor are they the last word on the subject. How could they be? We hope, however, that they will provide much-needed common ground and the platform for us to create a future with better mental health for all.
Read the statement here.