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A Disorder for Everyone! – Crucial Conversations (a CPD certificated event)

Johann Hari and Lucy Johnstone join us to talk about their new books. A panel discussion will follow to further discuss the issues raised. Thu, 28 April 2022 14:00 – 17:00 IST Online event Save your place now...

Becoming Whole: How a Change in Me Became a Change in My Practice

It feels challenging to commit to a lifetime process of self-reflection and self-improvement when someone is offering you an easy way out.

Mad in the UK: Interview

As is the case with all MIA affiliates, Mad in the UK seeks to challenge...

The fortress of mental health services 

The focus needs to shift from how to deny people care, to how to help them access care.

Johann Hari: Stolen Focus – Why You Can’t Pay Attention

Johann Hari joins us to talk about his latest book Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention, in which he examines the reasons behind our inability to focus and seeks to understand how this crisis affects our wellbeing and society.

An example of a broken system

I have managed to progress in my life despite being seen as ‘one of the most severe cases of borderline’ because I reached outside psychiatry for support to people who seen the whole of me and did not blame me for my distress. Surely this is example of a broken system that needs to change. 

New NICE Guidelines for ECT Are Dangerously Inadequate, Say 50 Patients and Professionals

An open letter from patients, psychiatrists, and professors calls on NICE to rewrite the new ECT guidelines to avoid putting patients’ safety at risk.

PODCASTS

Johann Hari: Stolen Focus – Why You Can’t Pay Attention

Johann Hari joins us to talk about his latest book Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention, in which he examines the reasons behind our inability to focus and seeks to understand how this crisis affects our wellbeing and society.

John Read and Irving Kirsch – Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Does the Evidence From Clinical Trials Justify its Continued Use?

An interview with John Read and Irving Kirsch to discuss their paper which calls to prohibit ECT. This is because the negative effects of ECT are so strong, the evidence supporting it is so weak (especially in the long-term and beyond the improvement due to placebo) and there are other means of addressing the difficulties that the person is struggling with.

John Read – UK Esketamine Approval – Not so Fast

An interview with Professor John Read who joins us to discuss the UK licensing of esketamine nasal spray (Spravato) for so-called ‘Treatment Resistant Depression’. John led a group of 12 academics and professionals who wrote to the UK regulator expressing concerns.

Peter Kinderman – Why We Need a Revolution in Mental Health Care

An interview with Professor Peter Kinderman about his new book, A Manifesto for Mental Health, Why We Need a Revolution in Mental Health Care, in which he proposes a rejection of invalid diagnostic labels, practical help rather than medication, and a recognition that distress is usually an understandable human response to life's challenges.

Kate Ashley-Norman interviews Dr Gary Sidley

In this episode of the Mental Health Revolution podcast, Kate Ashley-Norman interviews Clinical Psychologist and author of Tales from the Madhouse, Gary Sidley.

Towards Resilience and Possibilities and Away from Diseases and Symptoms

An interview with Professor Jim van Os who says that, arguably, ‘love is the most powerful evidence-based treatment in mental health’. We discuss his recent paper published in World Psychiatry which envisions a future for mental health that moves away from symptoms and diagnoses and towards peer support and lived experience.