Listen to the Wounded Healers by Prof Phil Thomas
I can't be a doctor and hear voices' says Ruth, the central figure in Leo Regan's powerful drama documentary about the work of the 'maverick' clinical psychologist Rufus May. Setting aside any views you might have about the merits or otherwise of Rufus May's work, the film raises some important questions.
The Coming Off Medication support group that meets weekly in Hebden Bridge has now been running for over seven months. Happy new year!
Working as a consultant for a number of groups, the psychologist Terence McLaughlin, who has died of cancer aged 59, was an unsung hero of mental health activism
Ian Parker and Dave Harper Friday January 25, 2008, The Guardian
This year Bedpushes are planned in many countries uncluding Germany America and Canada to highlight the human rights infringements that go on daily in the psychiatric system. A group of us who are concerned about the lack of choice of treatments and the levels of coercion in psychiatry pioneered symbolically escaping hospitals with a bed and 'going on the run' in 2005.
This news story was in most of the national newspapers on 26th February 2008: Maybe the glory days for the pharmaceutical industry are numbered... But beware they are a resourceful bunch. The story is: Research indicating that new-generation anti-depressants work no better than dummy pills was seized upon as evidence that doctors are over-prescribing. Mental health campaigners said millions of people with depression were not getting sufficient access to talking therapies self help groups and other holistic approaches due to GPs being over reliant on prescribing drugs such as Prozac.
The ground-breaking film "The Doctor Who Hears Voices" was shown on Channel 4 in April. The film has provoked a strong mixed reaction (see 'Psychologists film provokes storm of reactions' at the psychminded website) and initated debate nationally about the meaning of madness; the rights to drug free approaches and to employment for voice hearers. It follows the true story of myself working with a junior doctor who hears voices and cannot afford to tell her employers about this experience. The Radio Times called it 'documentary of the week'. They say: