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20: Psychiatric patients should be protected from compulsory
treatment, argues long-time critic of psychiatry -
Article by Thomas Szasz provokes criticism from psychiatrists
who are also service users.
20: Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust drops cuts
plan but still faces strike threat -
reports the Guardian
19, 2003: Finding a way out of paranoia - a report on the
first self help group for people with extreme paranoia
18: Mental health services lag behind rest of NHS - staff
shortages, under investment and organisational shake-ups to
blame, says report by the Commission for Health Improvement
14: Doctors told not to prescribe SSRI antidepressants to under
18s - but should we listen to the new advice, ask some psychiatrists
14: Decrease in suicides, government report claims
14: Mental Health Act Commission calls on government to promote
human rights for detained patients - psychiatrists and other
professionals are unsure of legal obligations and powers, reports
6: Register of psychotherapy psychologists launched to end "tribal"
rivalries between schools of thought - initiative by the
British Psychological Society
6: My depression helps me empathise with patients, president
of the Royal College of Psychiatrists reveals
6: Invest in early intervention services to increase young people's
chances of recovering from psychosis, report urges
6: Manchester Mental Health and Social Care trust tries to head
off strike threat - the
postpones a £500,000 cut in services
30: Patient who murdered may sue Cardiff's Whitchurch Hospital
- reports BBC
30: Psychiatric patients in central Europe being kept in padlocked,
mental health bill latest
26: Revised draft mental health bill to be scrutinised in parliament
ministers promise a code of conduct on how proposed new mental
health law should be applied
24: Less people being detained under the mental health act
- government statistics reveal. Yet, Nov
24: Twice as many psychiatric patients compulsory detained in
London hospitals than elsewhere in country
24: New funding of £15 million for mental health services
in Scotland announced
Nov 24: Inspectors find Broadmoor's wards 'unfit'
24: Mental health bill could lead to doubling of psychiatrists'
Nov 24: Reducing suicide (pdf) - The National Institute
for Mental Health's toolkit to assist mental health services
in assessing performance in addressing recommendations of the
National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People
with Mental Illness.
15: Mental health services 'losing out' despite extra cash for
NHS, reports Sainsbury Centre - government's claim to be
giving priority to improving mental health services put in doubt
3: The management of acute mania - encouraging results from
clinical trials need to be replicated in practice - BMJ
editorial by Paul Keck
3: Treatment of postnatal depression - British Medical Journal
editorial by Victoria Hendrick
3: Children's commissioner for Wales condemns mental health
services for teenagers as "wholly unacceptable"
- reports the Guardian
27: Psychiatrists call for improved perinatal training for health
service professionals following inquiry into suicide of psychiatrist
with manic depression -
Dr Daksha Emson, who killed her daughter and then committed
suicide, was a victim of mental health stigma within the NHS,
27: Psychiatric hospitals in battle to halt invasion of drug
dealers - reports the Guardian
27: Counsellors and psychotherapists attack anti-therapy academic
for pandering to "forces of conservatism" - The
BACP hits back at extensive coverage of book by Frank Furedi
19: Government plans for overhaul of mental health services
for black and ethnic minority patients
19: Psychiatrists call for NHS trusts to set up student mental
19: Bid to help mental health and learning disability residential
services crack down on violence
19: Murderer can be forced to take medication to become sane
enough to be executed in US
19: 30 die in Belarussian psychiatric hospital blaze
12: Mental health trusts should not "sleepwalk" into
gaining foundation status - argues the Sainsbury Centre
for Mental Health
12: Consultant psychiatrists are overburdened and under stress
- and the Royal College of Psychiatrists wants something to
be done about it
12: British Iraqi psychiatrists and psychologists set up charity
to support Iraqs mental health services
12: The patient's perspective on medicines in mental illness
- British Medical Journal editorial by Mike Shooter, president
of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
7: Police officers 'unlawfully killed' mental health service
user - 30-year-old brain damaged after being pinned face
down for up to 20 minutes
4: Psychiatric diagnosis, drug development, and ethics: Accurate
assessment and proper prescription - British Medical Journal
3: US researcher in rethink over antidepressant Lustral's link
to suicide - But Karen Wagner says the number of children
who became suicidal in a key Lustral trial were small.
3: Bruno media coverage prompts optimism from mental health
charities - reports the Guardian. Plus, Raj Persaud give
his view in the British
3: Campaigner makes lone vigil outside hospital detaining Bruno
- David Peacock protests outside Goodmayes Hospital
27: Government launches guidance for mental health services
for women - trusts
should appoint someone responsible for women's mental health,
27: The Bruno effect. Does the Sun's climbdown after protests
from readers mean public attitudes to mental health problems
are really changing? - asks the Guardian
21: Mental health trusts face financial crisis with soaring
staff costs and more young patients - Camden
and Islington Mental Health Trust, for example, has a £2m
21: Venlafaxine antidepressant prescribed for children although
not recommended for such use -
government regulatory agency issues a warning
14: Antidepressants not recommended for initial treatment of
mild depression, say draft guidelines on depression - The
National Institute for Clinical Excellence also gives its draft
verdict on SSRIs
12: Charity says mental health professionals need more training
to empathise with gay, lesbian and bisexual service users
12: Landmark mental health first aid training makes UK debut
- social workers and frontline healthcare staff get taught how
to spot mental health problems reports the Guardian
12: Managers ill-prepared for mental health issues in the workplace
12: Would you prescribe antidepressants to a 15-year-old?
11: 'Why I agreed for my patient to be exorcised' - Consultant
psychiatrist Douglas Turkington once asked a clerical minister
to come to his hospital to perform an exorcism on a patient.
He explains why
11: Is post-traumatic stress disorder a valid diagnosis?
Pat Bracken does not think so
9: Swindon psychiatrist cleared of abuse claims in first 'recovered
memories' case of its kind - General Medical Council's verdict
"to the heart of a doctor's dilemma" See
5: Swindon pychiatrist who reported colleague for child abuse
faces GMC hearing in first 'recovered memories' case of its
kind - reports British Medical Journal
6: The National Institute of Clinical Excellence issues for
consultation its guidelines on clinical practice for eating
disorders - emphasis has been placed on psychological interventions
5: Social anxiety disorder is common, underdiagnosed, impairing,
and treatable writes Prof Franklin Schneier, professor of
clinical psychiatry, in the British Medical Journal
5: What is it with a certain type of psychiatrist and psychologist
who just can't live without the fame? - Whether or not you
think media-savvy psychologists and psychiatrists
are credits to their professions, their colleagues are unlikely
to cast public judgement on them. But award-winning writer Liz
29: President of the American Psychiatric Assocation meets with
hunger strikers protesting against psychiatric practice
- latest from this unprecedent action by US mental health campaigners.
Also see: August
23: US newspaper reports on a hunger strike by former psychiatric
patients protesting against drug firms' "stranglehold"
on psychiatry - Research by Mary Boyle, head of the doctoral
program in clinical psychology at the University of East London,
is quoted in the article as supporting the strikers' view
29: Patient jailed after threatening to kill Epsom psychiatrist
29: Can autism be diagnosed early? Identification and assessment
for children with autism and autistic spectrum disorder
- Clinical review by Gillian Baird, Hilary Cass and Vicky Slonims
in British Medical Journal
29: Copying letters to patients is a good thing - writes
David Roy consultant psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley
NHS Trust, in the British Medical Journal
29: Psychiatric patient awarded compensation after doctors in
Australia failed to detain him
29: Obituary: David Downham - "Pioneer of modern welfare
for psychiatric patients"
29: Psychological testing planned for police to cut sickness
rates - reports the Guardian
23: What do symptoms mean? In the British Medical Journal,
reader in health psychology Jane Ogden writes symptoms should
be explained in the broader perspective of the patient's cognition
23: Compensation for woman's 10 years in psychiatric hospital
- reports the Guardian
August 16: Ivan Massow bids to take advantage of 'mad pound'
- the entrepreneur
who first saw the potential of the gay pound, is backing a bid
by a campaign, co-founded by psychologist Peter Barham, to provide
tailor-made finanical services for people with mental health
16: Pushing for compassionate and ethical psychiatric nursing
- Name an eminent thinker from 20th century psychiatry and mental
health, and a psychologist, psychiatrist or philosopher might
spring to mind. It's unlikely to be a psychiatric nurse. But
if it was, it might be Phil Barker.
15: Mental health services for ethnic minorities criticised
by Tories - Shadow health secretary says: "This government
has betrayed some of our most vulnerable communities"
15: Guide launched on how to evaluate mental health services
from perspectives of service users - published by
the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
15: Double trouble - a Guardian report on the failure of
services to recognise the link between domestic violence and
15: Childrens' films stigmatise
mentally ill - Journal of Mental Health claims family movies
give dangerous impression of mental health
15: Psychiatrists criticise plans to close psychiatric hospitals
in Israel - Dr. Shmuel Kron said the plan takes view that
hospitals are "storage rooms for nihilist patients."
8: The long and short of depression - Prof Johnjoe McFadden
says a study into the length of the 5-HTT gene is key to understanding
depression. But will the study bear the test of time?
8: Judges rule that children can sue for wrongful diagnosis
of abuse - ruling comes after parents claimed they suffered
psychiatric harm from incorrect diagnoses that their children
had been abused.
8: Government's "yellow card" announcement used to
head off concerns, experts claim - reports the British Medical
8: Maintaining our credibility - Psychiatrists are concerned
research objectivity and patient care risks being compromised
by pharmaceutical firm sponsorship. In response, the Royal College
of Psychiatrists has published some guidance
8: My Family and Autism - This absorbing BBC programme introduced
us this week to the Jacksons family. Mother Jacqui has four
sons diagnosed on the autistic spectrum.
2: Something fishy on eating disorders - Amanda Elkin and
Ulrike Schmidt select what they consider are the best websites
on eating problems and disorders. Plus:
In the Psychologist magazine, Patrick
Davies and Zara Lipsey (pdf file) believe some websites
actually encourage anorexia
2: The impact of parental psychiatric disorder on children:
avoiding stigma, improving care - a British Medical Journal
editorial by Paul Ramchandani and Alan
mental health bill latest:
28: Prof Appleby promises that changes to the draft mental health
bill will meet the approval of psychiatrists and other professionals
- the national director for mental health also hints that
broader criteria for detention will be included in the bill.
As for the new health minister Rosie Winterton...she claims
the bill will be 'patient-centred'
28: Bad behaviour by children is being falsely attributed to
ADHD and autism, claims Professor Priscilla Alderson.
Not true, responds educational psychologist Barry Bourne in
the Times newspaper. Plus:
Professor Peter Hill, adviser to the government on children's
medication, gives his views to the Guardian
28: Councils ordered to repay £80m to mentally ill people
who were charged for residential care that should have been
free - reports the Guardian
28: Bolton, Salford and Trafford NHS Trust denies causing psychological
damage - after a patient was said to have traumatised the
mother of a boy he killed by coming face to face with her in
28: Most mental health trusts in deficit, says Sainsbury
Centre for Mental Health study
28: Helping people bereaved by suicide - British Medical
Journal editorial by Keith Hawton and Sue
28: America's mental health system 'beyond repair' - according
presidential commission report. Plus read the British
Medical Journal report
28: Psychiatrists 'illegally detained psychiatric patients'
claims newspaper - Highland Primary Care Trust said the
problem had been sorted out quickly
20: Social inequalities, madness and the system: where are we?
Bertram believes mental health service providers should attend
more to how disadvantage effects people's lives.
18: How can psychologists protect young people from abuse and
neglect? (pdf file) The Professional Practice Board of the
British Psychological Society offers an answer
18: Mental health campaigners dub NHS performance grades as
"astonishingly unrealistic" - reports the Guardian
18: Word power - Can people with mental health problems
take the sting out of stigma by reclaiming pejoratives?
18: Row over Blairs mental health
Blair is not mentally ill, his spokesman said after a magazine
branded him a psychopath.
16: Psychiatric patients missing from Royal Edinburgh Hospital
16: What makes a good clinical trial? - The European Commission
is consulting on plans for a directive on good practice in clinical
trials to be made UK law. What do psychiatrists think?
16: Texas psychiatric hospitals to mark patients' graves under
new state law
6: Northamptonshire mental health trust chairman admits change
needed after report of low staff morale
6: Terrible timing for closure of secure womens
ward at Ashworth
6: Psychiatrists call attention to the desperation of asylum
seekers - but they also warn against over-medicalisation
6: Department of Health survey shows fear factor fuels stigma
towards mental health service users - reports the Guardian
29: Incapacitated patients to get new right on deciding treatment
- and psychiatrists approve
29: US psychiatric hospitals try to ID graves of long-dead patients
- reports American newspaper
29: Berkshire mental health services cuts point to funding crisis
- reports the Guardian
29: Mental health reforms failing to impact on patients
29: Northern Ireland 'Troubles' take toll on mental health,
claims journal report
29: Privy Council overturns GMCs erasure of psychiatrist
28: 'Better or worse: a longitudinal study of the mental health
of adults living in Great Britain' (pdf file)- research
by the government's National Statistics office.
22: Psychiatrists hit back at "inaccuracies"of British
Medical Journal paper on ECT
22: Consultant psychiatrist among the new appointments at the
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
22: Psychiatric patient at London teaching hospital appears
on murder charge
22: Trust calls for "systematic reviews" after two
women sexually assaulted in North Birmingham psychiatric unit
22: Shortage of consultant psychiatrists and clinical psychologists
is why 8,000 under-18s are being prescribed Seroxat, says psychiatrist
on the Committee on Safety of Medicines - Dr Jonathan Chick
gives his view in Hospital Doctor magazine.
22: Did you pass? - A list of candidates successful in the
MRCPsych Part II Examination of Spring 2003
22: "From devastated mother to pioneering researcher"
British Medical Journal profile of Lorna Wing, psychiatrist
and pioneer of the concept of the "autistic spectrum".
She says she was motivated by her daughter's autism diagnosis.
22: Reality TV - a documentary that features brain surgery
on a conscious patient is to be screened tonight as part of
the Reel Madness film festival. Producer Duncan Dallas says
in the Guardian that three decades ago - unlike now - hard-hitting
mental health progammes reached mainstream television
14: Psychiatric ward managers to compare facilities and performance
- new research by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
14: Seroxat banned for under-18s - the latest from the Guardian
14: GPs prescribe self help books for mental health problems
- a novel intervention, as reported by the British Medical
14: Baghdad psychiatric hospital struggles to cope with chaos
- as reported by a Lebanese newspaper
14: Mescal and madness - A documentary reveals the extraordinary
story behind the making of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
14: What are the key changes in Scotlands's new mental health
act? - the view of the legal officer from the Scottish Association
for Mental Health
14: Does the creation of a new mental health division in Scotland
signal a different approach to policy? - David Bolger is
head of the newly created mental health division within the
Scottish Executive. Does the creation of the new division signal
a different approach to mental health policy?
14: The impact of homophobia on mental health in Scotland -
read the view from Glasgow 'INCLUSION' project manager Alastair
14: 'Having a diagnosis is a qualification for the job'
- says Diana Rose of the Institute of Psychiatry in the British
mental health bill latest:
11: Psychiatrists say government should "hang its head
in shame" over plans to extend powers of compulsory detention
of mentally ill - but they are more upbeat about plans
to be given discretion when making orders.
8: Coroner hedges on whether Prozac drove woman to suicide -
but David Healy, director of the North Wales department of psychological
medicine, says people can become suicidal on SSRIs.
8: TEFL assistant barred for having depression - reports
8: Reflections on death book wins Mind's book of the year
2: 'Untreatable' Broadmoor patient goes to jail - reports
2: Mental health service user movement needs funding and a national
voice, says Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
2: Drug costs 'too high for mentally ill', claims MIND
2: Counsellors slams South Warwickshire Trust for proposing
50 per cent cut in counselling services - counselling is
"cost effective" says the British Association for
Counselling and Psychotherapy. So why cut back on the service?
24: Chair of Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
welcomes new inquiry into SSRI's
24: Is this journalism that makes a difference? - asks the
BMJ on the Panorama Seroxat documentaries
mental health bill latest:
24: DoH admits draft mental health bill to be " "refined"
- as reported in Community Care
24: US psychologist says "mental illness is incompatible"
with being a suicide bomber - a Reuters report on research
by Jerrold Post, founder of the CIA's Intelligence Agency's
Centre for the Analysis of Personality and Political behaviour.
24: Participation in screening for cardiovascular risk by people
with schizophrenia or similar mental illnesses: a cross
sectional study in general practice featured in the British
24: Evaluation of suicide rates in rural India using verbal
autopsies, 1994-9 - paper in British Medical Journal
24: Northern Ireland school counselling under threat - warns
24: Alzheimer's vaccine 'promising', report researchers
17: US may withdraw federal funds from schools that exclude
ADHD children for not taking treatment - reports British
17: A quarter of patients with neurotic disorders dont
seek help, claim researchers - reports British Medical Journal
17: I'll defy NICE's ECT guidelines, vows Glasgow psychiatrist
- 'I have no difficulty deciding not to follow the guidelines
because I do not think they are correct' says Dr Donny Lyons,
consultant at Leverndale Hospital. (See
more ECT news below)
17: National Institute for Mental Health chief admits NHS is
racist - reports Community Care
17: Mind over matter - Freud never quoted 17th century philosopher
Spinoza. But neuroscientist Antonio Damasio claims Freud was
influenced by him.
17: 'Is the government listening to us?' Forensic psychiatrists
are concerned their voice is not being heard in the corridors
12: Seroxat manufacturer hits back on BBC's Panorama programme
against the drug's addiction and suicide links - "Anybody
who suffers side effects of any sort I feel every sympathy for,
but that does have to be balanced by the enormous benefit that
is seen by many millions of patients around the world"
- Dr Alastair Benbow, head of European clinical psychiatry at
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hospitals: Good or bad for psychiatry, psychology and mental
10: In my opinion - foundation trusts and mental health
- Angela Greatley, director of policy with the Sainsbury Centre
for Mental Health, argues foundation mental health trusts could
benefit service users and be the answer to staffing problems.
10: MPs warn new foundation hospitals might fail people with
mental health problems - reports Community Care
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10: Shock tactics - Prof Phil Barker hopes new advice on
ECT treatment will lead to more responsible use of a 'dubious
10: New NICE guidance on ECT curbs use for those who might benefit
from it - "What should a doctor do faced with a moderately
ill patient for whom ECT has worked and who asks for the treatment
again?" asks Dr Allan Scott
10: Better antidepressant prescribing is associated with fewer
suicides - British Medical Journal paper by researchers
10: 'Tricyclics and SSRIs are equally effective in primary care'
- concludes British Medical Journal paper
10: Co-proxamol overdose is an important means of suicide
- claims British Medical Journal paper, co-authored by Prof
10: Unknown unknowns in suicide and depression -
by British Medical Journal editor Richard Smith.
10: GPs accused of not reporting Seroxat suicides - reports
10: US army secures Iraq psychiatric hospital after rapes
- Nurse disguised herself in patients' clothes to remain with
patients during looting and rape rampage, reports Reuters
10: Tyranny of mind - Ultimate therapy for traumatized Iraqi
nation is a hopeful personal vision of the future, reports US
10: Mental healthcare review in Ireland should involve 'users
and providers' - reports Irish Examiner
10: Staff shortages hit mental health child and adolescent inpatient
units - according to a YoungMinds report.
10: Discrimination divide - People with mental health problems
suffer 'protection gap', reports the Guardian
3: Seroxat maker abandons 'no addiction' claim - reports
3: How much is violence associated with mental illness?
- Latest bid by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to debunk
myths surrounding violence and mental health.
3: NICE releases new guidelines for ECT
3: New ECT advice weak, says Sainsbury Centre for Mental
3: RCP launches new accreditation service to raise standards
3: The problem with drugs - British
Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy presses home what
it believes is the limited efficacy of anti-depressants.
3: Changing prescription patterns for lithium and valproic acid
in old age - British Medical Journal paper by Canadian clinicians
firm broke advertising rules over antidepressant - reports
27: Fatal fallout: Royal Navy psychiatrist, Lieutenant Commander
Neil Greenberg, denies services for traumatised military personnel
are restricted by a shortage of military psychiatrists. Yet,
Guardian reports that the
NHS has no extra funds for specialist mental health treatment
after the Iraq war.
27: Women psychiatrists unite to form special interest group.
21: God on the brain: is religion just a step away from mental
illness? A BBC documentary argued that a famous evangelist's
"visions" were caused by epilepsy and that religious
feelings are brain malfunctions. Anjana Ahuja reports in the
Times on the work of US neurologist Gregory Holmes.
21: Impact of anti-social lifestyle on health - David Farrington,
professor of psychological criminology, co-authors a British
Medical Journal editorial
21: Baghdad psychiatric hospital in chaos amid claim that patients
raped by looters - reports the Independent
21: Service of thanksgiving for Dr Bob Kendell, former president
of the Royal College of Psychiatrists - announces the Royal
College of Psychiatrists
15: Government report on improving mental health services for
black and ethnic minority communities - Professor Sashi
Sashidharan, medical director of North Birmingham Mental Health
Trust, chaired the panel which produced this report
15: New and radical solutions needed to tackle staff shortages
in mental health services - reports Community Care magazine
15: A victim of child abuse, or just prey to fantasies?
The Observer newspaper reports on work by Richard McNally, Professor
of Psychology at Harvard University, which it says "reignites
the furore over 'recovered' memory".
Royal College of Psychiatrists has issued a number of recent
4: Advice issued for psychiatrists assessing patients with brain
4: Doctors working in old age psychiatry advised on how to deal
4: Report recommends best psychiatric practice for caring for
over-65s with continuing mental illness.
4: Belfast psychiatrist wins international prize for work in
protecting rights of people diagnosed with mental illness
4: Open minds - A Guardian newspaper report on a scheme
helping police and students to understand people diagnosed with
4: The National Autism Plan for Children - completion of
the work of the National Initiative: Autism Screening and Assessment.
What do you think of it?
4: "Teaching as therapy: cross sectional and qualitative
evaluation of patients' experiences of undergraduate psychiatry
teaching in the community" - a paper published in the
British Medical Journal
30: Treating generalised anxiety disorder -
a clinical review in the British Medical Journal
30: Latest Mental Health Act detention figures - released
by the Department of Health
30: 'We want to help but we are powerless' - When a close
relative was evicted from her home, Marina Cantacuzino told
the Guardian that she discovered the law offered little protection
for mentally ill people
30: SSRIs drug review halted over GlaxoSmithKline share links
- reports the Guardian
30: One in 10 teenagers self-harm, claim the Samaritans
30: NICE guidelines address social aspect of schizophrenia -
reports the British Medical Journal
30: Stop press: The Sunday Times is heading a crusade against
counselling. But the British Association for Counselling and
Psychotherapy continues to fight back.
30: Counselling saves British business millions every year,
claims counselling and psychotherapy association
24: "The growth of therapy tells us something about the
breakdown of relationships and the decline of religion and the
nuclear family" -
Dr Raj Persaud explains to Daily Telegraph readers why he believes
counselling and psychotherapy does not stand up to scientific
scrutiny. What do you think of what he has to say?
24: Did you pass? Last week the Royal College of Psychiatrists
listed candidates successful in the MRCPsych Part I written
paper of Spring 2003
24: Celebration in memory of life and work of physician Sir
Douglas Black - a notice issued by the Royal College of
24: Coming home: Why, asks the Observer newspaper, are 1,000
psychiatric patients still living in asylums?
24: Ecstasy use triggers deep depression, report London psychologists
- reports the Guardian
24: Lawyers may seek judicial review of panel reviewing paroxetine
- reports the British Medical Journal
24: Fifty mental health beds in Newcastle, North Tyneside and
Northumberland Mental Health Trust under threat - reports
24: Green light for Scottish mental health bill - reports
16: Brief cognitive behavioural intervention delivered by nurses
reduces overall symptoms in schizophrenia - reports a study
in 'Evidence Based Mental Health'
16: Psychological coping and cancer - the debate continues
over the reliability of a recent study in the British Medical
16: Dealing with a biological attack - The Department of
Health has asked the Royal College of Psychiatrists to make
this emergency planning information available to its members.
16: Housing needs of people with severe mental health problems
living in London not being met due to postcode lottery -
reports a King's Fund study
16: All mental health workers and GPs should be given mandatory
training in "cultural awareness"-
according to a National Institute for Mental Health report submitted
to the Department of Health on improving mental health services
for black and minority ethnic people.
16: Culture of abuse - The former director of high security
psychiatric services, Ray Rowden, says in the Guardian that
vulnerable women should never have been left open to attack
March 16: Coroner calls for inquiry into Seroxat
9: Inquiry urged into Broadmoor abuse claims -
reports that director of women's services at the secure hospital,
Julia Wassell, was victimised after reporting serious allegations
of rape, indecent assault and sexual harassment to senior managers.
9: ECT 'better than anti-depressants'
- reports the BBC on an Oxford study published in the Lancet.
9: Psychiatrist who helped declassify homosexuality as mental
9: Church of England demands changes to 'regressive' mental
health reforms - reports
Independent on Sunday
9: Scottish National Party seek counselling for stressed out
9: Shrinking number of psychiatrists sparks crisis -
reports the Guardian
9: Counsellor and therapy organisation 'sets the record straight'
over Sunday Times article - the BACP is angry over newspaper
story which doubts the efficacy of counselling for traumatised
2: Depression and young people - psychologist Eileen
Scott of Edinburgh's Young
People's Unit reports
on a new CD Rom and website aimed at tackling the "under
diagnosis" of depression in teenagers.
2: Out of Isolation - the Guardian reports on projects
trying to change rural communities'
reluctance to seek mental health help.
2: Sharp practice: Nick Johnstone recalls in the Guardian
how slicing his arms with a razor blade helped escape his pain.
To coincide, yesterday, with Self-Injury Awareness Day.
over psychiatric patient discharge protocols and lack of links
between ward staff and community resources in Scotland
in long-term compulsion in Scottish psychiatric wards continues
- with reflections by Dr Michael Smith.
primary care mental health services improving, but funding and
recruitment problems remains, reports the King's Fund
2: The media's influence on suicide - the debate rages in
the British Medical Journal
23: Should psychiatrists protect the public?, ask forensic
psychiatrists in British Medical Journal
23: Taking refuge. Prof Erica Burman argues black and minority
ethnic women are being prejudiced against in the provision of
Feb 23: Pressure on young over mental illness. The Independent
reports ministers have launched a campaign to improve the understanding
of mental health issues among young people.
patients entitled to compensation for detention delays,
the high court has ruled in a landmark decision.
Health Act changes could 'treble' psychiatrists' workload
- based on a Oxford psychiatric unit study
London and the City health trust 'complacent' over deaths
- report government inspectors
experience of mental health issues among young - according
to Department of Health research
7: Depressed patients need more than drugs and psychiatrists
- writes retired psychiatric nurse in British Medical Journal
7: Immigrants have higher risk of schizophrenia, claim Danish
7: Scotland's mental health services to be reviewed
7: Israel to move more psychiatric services into the community
2: Shake-up of psychiatric services for patients in Kingston,
London, could mean massive upheaval, voluntary worker warns
2: Royal College of Psychiatrists says patients 'must receive
psychiatrists report mental health patients more likely to suffer
shortfall for Norfolk Mental Health Trust.
Robert Kendell - "psychiatrist who made major contributions
to the diagnosis of mental illness"
2: Observer newspaper report - Forty years since Valium
came on the market the alleged suffering and battle for compensation
from addiction continues...
2: British Medical Journal study - on detection of Alzheimer's
disease and dementia in the preclinical phase
30: Schizophrenia: A scientific delusion? Dr Jonathan Bindman
reveals a significant swing in opinion at the Institute of Psychiatry's
public debate on whether 'schizophrenia exists'
26: First ever Scottish psychiatric drugs survey launched
26: Lone-parent children at higher risk of suicide, reports
research in Lancet
24: Learning disability task force criticises draft mental health
24: Conservative Party calls in Goldsmiths occupation psychologist
to recruit women MPs
24: US psychologists report monkeys think logically
24: BMJ editorial: "Reinstitutionalisation in mental health
24: BMJ paper: "Identifying depression in primary care:
a comparison of different methods in a prospective cohort study"
24: BMJ editorial :"Causes of autism spectrum disorders"
20: Drugs used to treat cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer may
provide other benefits, report US researchers
20: US pschiatrists' concern over drug sales reps sitting in
20: Children in families with relative in prison more likely
to have mental health problems, reports charity
15: Charities say improved benefits system needed to help people
with mental health problems
15: Schizophrenia drug Clozaril could cut suicides claims study
15: Online Guardian report: 'How the internet breaks through
the isolation that accompanies mental illness'
15: Government told people with learning difficulties must be
6: Gay suicide research 'flawed' US psychologist claims
psychologist's book claims people make their own luck
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