Sunday, February 21, 2016

Open Letter about BBC Coverage of Mental Health

Following Richard Bentall’s inspired OpenLetter to Stephen Fry, we – a group of people who have (and still do) use mental health services, who work in mental health, or who work as academics... or fall in to more than one of those categories – have decided to write a parallel Open Letter to the BBC and other media organizations about their coverage of mental health issues.

We now have had over 1,000 people sign the letter (by emailing me, Peter Kinderman, at p.kinderman@liverpool.ac.uk with ‘BBC letter’ in the subject heading). I am happy to continue to receive emails and add names as I can, but as I have been receiving hundreds of emails every day, I would prefer people now to leave comments below... which will also allow others to participate in the debate.

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Open Letter about BBC Coverage of Mental Health

We are writing together, as mental health professionals and people who have experienced mental health problems, to complain about the coverage of mental health in the recent BBC In the Mind series. We believe that, despite your obvious good intentions, your coverage may have done more harm than good.

There are ongoing debates among mental health professionals and others, about whether it is meaningful or useful to think of mental health problems as illnesses. There are also debates about whether their origins are necessarily always in the brain, as opposed to being responses  to life events and circumstances. But your coverage – for example The Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive: 10 Years On, My Baby, Psychosis and Me, together with your news item about research on miniature brains - completely ignored all of these debates. Instead of laying out the controversy in the unbiased fashion for which the BBC is known, they took for granted the view that mental health problems are necessarily a manifestation of biological illness.

The idea that bipolar affective disorder (manic depression) and schizophrenia are separate, identifiable illnesses with their origins in the brain is highly contested and unsupported by evidence. Even those in favour of the idea acknowledge that there are no blood or other independent tests for either condition, or indeed for any of the other so-called ‘functional’ psychiatric disorders.  Despite 50 years of well-funded and increasingly technologically sophisticated brain research, no ‘biomarkers’ (identifiable biological signs) have been found.  This has led an increasing number of professionals and researchers (including many psychiatrists) to question the simple biomedical theories promoted by your programmes.
Your programmes also appear to suggest that psychiatric medication should be the main, if not the only, treatment for mental health problems. But many believe that this simplistic illness/medication message is harmful, because it potentially leads to hopelessness, despair and (ironically, given that your broadcasts aimed to reduce stigma), prejudice and discrimination. Many are also concerned about the long-term efficacy and safety of these drugs. It is of course crucial that people receive care that meets their individual needs. Given the diversity of these needs, this care might include peer support, information, psychological therapy, or (where the person finds it helpful) medication. So to simply promote medication without also presenting other approaches (such as psychological therapy, as recommended by NICE) is biased and irresponsible.

Whilst some people who experience mental health problems think of their problems as an illness and find medication useful, many others do not. For example, many members of the Hearing Voices Network have been given diagnoses of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia but have now found other ways of understanding and living with their experiences. Some of them choose to take medication but others choose to live without it. Their stories could provide inspiration and hope to those who feel overwhelmed by their difficulties, but neither documentary included people who had found non-medical roads to recovery. Your programmes did not present any balance between those are resigned to living with what they see as an ongoing illness, and those who have found other ways of living with difficult experiences (or, indeed, no longer have them).

We are equally concerned about the BBC’s failure to acknowledge that the origins of problems, and the things that keep them going, are often not simply in the brain but in the events and circumstances of people’s lives - including poverty, urban living, migration, childhood abuse, bullying, racism and other forms of victimisation.  This has been confirmed by a vast volume of research, and the evidence is in fact stronger than for the involvement of biological factors. Educating the public about this would not only increase understanding: research suggests that this kind of approach reduces stigma and, in many cases, is more helpful for those affected. So it would have been more appropriate for your programmes to adopt the kind of approach taken in the recent British Psychological Society public information documents ‘Understanding Bipolar Disorderand ‘Understanding Psychosis’: namely, to lay out both sides of the debate and allow people to make up their own minds. Indeed, the just published Mental Health Taskforce Report also recommends this more balanced approach to mental health care.

As a matter of urgency, then, we ask you to commission a similarly high-profile programme featuring professionals and service users who adopt the approach outlined here.  We would be very happy to help, and can put you in contact with many suitable individuals.

Yours Sincerely

Peter Kinderman, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool & President-Elect, British Psychological Society

Jill Anderson, Co-ordinator, Mental Health In Higher Education Project

Richard Bentall, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool

Anne Cooke, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Director, Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University

John Cromby, Reader in Psychology, University of Leicester

Angela Gilchrist, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer, Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, Canterbury Christchurch University

Nicky Hayward, Mental Health Campaigner, Survivor, Blogger and Activist

Sue Holttum, Senior Lecturer, Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University

Steven Jones, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Lancaster

Lucy Johnstone, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Laura Lea, Coordinator of Service User and Carer Involvement, Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University

John McGowan, Academic Director, Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University

Ian Marsh, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Canterbury Christ Church University

Joanna Moncrieff, Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, University College London

David Pilgrim, Professor of Health and Social Policy, University of Liverpool

Mark Radcliffe, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Kings College London

Rai Waddingham, Hearing Voices Network and International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis, and with personal experience of psychosis

Jay Watts, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Queen Mary, University of London

Paul Wilson, Head of Mental Health Services for Sirona


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Victoria Tew, Clinical Psychologist 
Poul Rohleder, Reader and Academic Tutor in Clinical Psychology, University of East London
Dr Bobby Baker, Artist, Artistic Director and Activist, Daily Life Ltd
Abdelkhalig.E.A.Mohammed, Psychiatry Specialist, Physiologist, Taha Basher teaching hospital for psychiatry, Khartoum, Sudan
Emma Waters, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Organisation: Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Steven Mayers, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Leeds 
Dr Sarah Davidson, Clinical Psychologist
Brian, mental health activist, researcher, and publisher of AntiDepAware
Dave Harper, Reader in Clinical Psychology, Programme Director (Academic), Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of East London
Estelle Carroll
Isabel Clarke, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Fleur-Michelle Coiffait, Clinical Psychologist, Child Clinical Psychology
Sarah Morris, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Alice Flint, Psychologist in Clinical Training
Dr Simon Stuart, Clinical Psychologist in adult mental health
Danielle Gaynor, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, NHS & University of East London
Joanne Allen, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Samantha Harris, Trainee clinical psychologist, University of East London
Dr Carolyn John, Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Bernard Kat FBPsS, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Psynapse (Psychological services), Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Ranil Tan, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Tom Matthews, Psychologist in Clinical Training, University of Leeds
Samantha Walker, Senior Clinical Psychologist
Dr Anna Rowe, Clinical Psychologist, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Annabel Broyd, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Dr Yvonne Waft, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Megan Kendall, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Dr Katie Pownell, Clinical Psychologist, Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust
Alex Wall, Trainee clinical psychologist & registered mental health nurse
Jon Ettey, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Dr Rachel Potter, Clinical Psychologist
Lorna Hobbs, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Dr Sharon Harvey, clinical psychologist awp NHS trust 
Dane Duncan Mills, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, UEL
Greg Stocks, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Universities of Coventry and Warwick
Gemma McDonnell, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Lucy McGregor, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Alice Staniford, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Leeds
Dr Colsom Bashir, chartered clinical psychologist, GMW & MHSC NHS TRUSTS
Dr Gemma Parker, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Lucy Chan, Clinical Psychologist
Joanne Crossley, Psychologist in Clinical Training, University of Leeds
Dr Lisa Ingleby, NHS Clinical Psychologist working with adults with Learning Disabilities. 
Lyndsey Holt, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Liverpool
Roya Afsharzadegan, Trainee Clinical Psychologist at University of East London.
Dr Rachel Lancaster, Chartered Clinical Psychologist,
Rayya Ghul, National Teaching Fellow, Head of Academic Development, Canterbury Christ Church University
Jill Domoney, Clinical Psychologist, CNWL.
Dr Hannah Twiddy, Clinical Psychologist Walton Centre Neurology & Neurosurgery NHS Foundation Trust 
Ian Woolley
Dr Emma Chorlton, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Theresa White, Senior Clinical Psychologist Adult & Older Persons Mental Health
Jen Lloyd, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Staffordshire 
Emma Cameron MA, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, Colchester, UK 
Joel Waddingham, Student Mental Health Nurse, Canterbury Christ Church University
Sinead Peacock-Brennan, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Agata Sawicka, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Exeter
Dr Kirren Schnack, Clinical Psychologist
Judith Fessler, Trainee Counselling Psychologist, Regents University London
Hayley Higson, Trainee Clinical Psychologist at Lancaster University. 
Katie Wood, Clinical psychologist in training, University of Surrey
Alisdair Cameron, LAUNCHPAD Team Leader, NTWSU&C
Dr Stephanie Hunter, Clinical Psychologist 
Juliet Foster, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge.
Dr Karen Addy, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist
Dr Will Curvis, clinical psychologist. 
Dr Kerry Audin, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, The Positive Psychology Service
Dr Gillian Fairclough, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Sarah Hurter, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Nick Hartley, Clinical Psychologist, Newcastle upon Tyne
Dr Connie Geyer, Clinical Psychologist
Siobhan Moore, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, South Wales Doctoral Programme, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board 
Dr Jane Lewendon, Clinical Psychologist
Stacey J Hemmings, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London  
Julianna Challenor, Counselling Psychologist & Lecturer, Doctoral Programme in Counselling Psychology, City University London.
Yasmin Ishaq (social worker), Kent County Council, Primary Care Mental Health Service
Dr Michelle Wilson, Clinical Psychologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust 
Monica Cabello, Psychotherapist
Helene Reinbolt, Mental Health Campaigner and Blogger 
Gemma Farndon, Trainee clinical psychologist, NHS-Cornwall Foundation Trust / Plymouth University
Dr Sarah Crowley, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Tim Siggs, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Laura Sanger, Clinical Psychologist
Claire Howarth, Psychologist in clinical training, University of Leeds 
Dr Kate Edgar, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Emily Goodwin, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Claire King, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Catherine E.L. Green, Clinical Psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust 
Suzanne Jakeman, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Liverpool/Mersey Care NHS Trust
Dr Cathy Wood, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Sarah Brown, Clinical Psychologist, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Erica Eassom, Trainee Clinical Psychologist with lived experience, University of East London
Rachel Phillips, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Bath
Tina Coldham, Mental Health User Consultant, Trainer & Researcher
Dr. Sarah Healy, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Ian Marsh, School of Allied Health Professions, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Canterbury Christ Church University
Janin Eberhardt, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London 
Dr Sam Roberts, Clinical Psychologist & Faculty of the Psychology of Older People Committee Member (BPS & DCP)
Alec Grant, Reader in Narrative Mental Health, University of Brighton
Dr Emma Karwatzki, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Libby Adeyanju, Clinical Psychologist, Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust
Dr Natalie Tobert, Medical Anthropologist, author of Spiritual Psychiatries 
Claire Smith, Trainee Clinical Psychologist at Lancaster University. 
Kim Skerrett, Clinical Psychologist, Sussex Partnership NHS Trust.
John Sawkins, Member, Professional Practice and Ethics Committee of RCPsych in London
Matthew Yates, Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Nici Grace, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Mersey care NHS Trust
Sarah Lionheart, mindfulness teacher and retreat leader Heart and Mind Programme
Nicola Wheeler, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Plymouth University
Jenna Ball, Clinical Psychologist 
Tanja Takala, trainee clinical psychologist, University of East London
Dr Caoimhe Patton, Clinical Psychologist, NHS GG&C
Harriet Bibbings, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Leeds
Sarah Madders, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Essex
Lucinda Brabbins, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Lincolnshire 
Dr Kyla Vaillancourt, Clinical Psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Jacqui Dillon, National Chair, Hearing Voices Network, England. 
Dr Charley Nineham, Clinical Psychologist, Community CAMHS
Katy Tomlinson ex-mental patient
David Gilbert, Director, InHealth Associates, Patients as Partners for Change
Dr Rebecca Slade, Clinical Psychologist, Adult Mental Health Services, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Christina Rowe, Clinical Psychologist, Devon Partnership Trust.
Dr Mairi McIntosh Stewart, Clinical Psychologist
Sarah Rose, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Teesside University
Rebecca Stockley
Alex Satchwell, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Emma Wildig, Clinical Psychologist 
Kate Sheehy, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Liverpool
Dr. Claire Stephens (PhD, DClin candidate), Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Exeter University
Kerry Clarke Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
Greta Mc Gonagle, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, The University of Manchester
Sarah Dexter-Smith, Professional Lead for older people's psychology, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust
Sherry Rehim, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London 
Dr Jo Gorry, Carer and Clinical Psychologist, Merseycare NHS Trust
Kristy O'Hare, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Teesside University, Tees Esk and Wear valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Claudia Hallett, Clinical Psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Sarah Keenan, Clinical Psychologist
Jackie Moulsher, Counsellor and Mother of son with a "diagnosis"
Becky Stockley, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Staffordshire University  
Amber Keenan, Clinical Psychologist, Adult Mental Health, NHS Grampian 
Kirshen Rundle, Psychotherapist and PhD student, University of East London
Katherine Cummergen
Lynwen Mallows, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Plymouth University 
Carolyn Todd, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Canterbury Christ Church University
Dr. Jamie O' Sullivan, Clinical Psychologist, Health Service Executive, Ireland
Dr Lynne Patience, Clinical Psychologist, Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust
Stephen Evans, Clinical Psychologist in Neuropsychology, Honorary Research Fellow (Durham University)
Nasim Choudhri, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Liverpool
Dr Sara Simblett, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Anneliese Day, Senior Clinical Psychologist
Alice Turland, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, SABP
John O'Sullivan, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Surrey & SABP NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Steve Jefferis, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Cognitive Analytic Therapy Service, Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Aida Farreny, PhD Clinical and Health Psychology, Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, Newham Centre for Mental HealthQueen Mary University, London
Dr Ailsa Lord, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Sarah Simmonds, Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer, Coventry and Warwick Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology
Justin Thomas, Associate Professor of Psychology , Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Nick Putman, Open Dialogue UK
Stephanie de la Haye, Chair & founder: survivors of Depression in transition ( Sodit) 
Stephanie Allan, Expert by Experience / Psychology Student 
Em Inman, Art Psychotherapist MA trainee, Leeds Beckett University. Working on clinical placement in Leeds CAMHS service and Inner City School Cluster.
Dr Tom Kent, Clinical Psychologist
Helena Laughton
Dr Ruth Chester, Clinical Psychologist.
Dr Nicola Green, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Humber NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Erin Carroll, Clinical Psychologist, London.
Oliver James, Chartered Psychologist, Psychotherapist, The Bowlby Centre
Dr Eleanor Longden (Psychosis Research Unit, GMW Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust)
Muireann McNulty PhD, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology, University College Dublin, 
Savas Akgonul, Trainee Clinical Psychologist at Lancaster University
Helen Macdonald, MSc Counselling Psychology, Psychotherapist specialising in Perinatal Mental Health
Dr Gillian Agnew, Clinical Psychologist, Support and Recovery, Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland
Miss Leoni Cachia MBPsS - Aspiring clinical psychologist, currently working at Middlesex University, School of Science and Technology.
Suzanne Brown, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust.
Dr David O'Halloran, Senior Clinical Psychologist, South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation NHS trust. 
Dr Lauren Thompson, Clinical Psychologist
Fiona Burns; Clinical Psychologist.
Rachel Barcroft, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Lancaster University
Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Department of Social Work and Social Care
Carina Håkansson, Founder of Family Care Foundation and The Extended Therapy Room Foundation, Lic. Psychotherapist and PhD in psychology
Dr Helen Frain, Clinical Psychologist 
Dr Sally Martin, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Rachel Terry, Clinical Psychologist, Clinical and Academic Tutor, Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University.
Dr Lottie Morris, Clinical Psychologist, Manx Cancer Help
Dr Kelly Elsegood, Clinical Psychologist 
Professor Philip Thomas, Formerly Professor, Institute of Philosophy, Diversity & Mental Health, University of Central Lancashire, Consultant Psychiatrist, Bradford District Care Trust
Dr Tanya Edmonds, Lead Consultant Neuropsychologist, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board
Pete Sanders, author, retired therapist, clinical supervisor.
Kate Bones, Director of Occupational Therapy & Recovery Practice, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Kelly Price, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Lancaster University
Professor Paula Reavey, Professor of Psychology, London South Bank University
Dr Cheryl Bullion, Clinical Psychologist. Community Adult Mental Health Service.
Clara Strauss, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Research Fellow.
Clare Carr, Mentor and Academic Support Worker (of students at De Montfort University), The Learning Support Centre, Leicester
Susannah Goddard
Daphne Josselin, Lecturer in Counselling Psychology, City University London
Cibele Riccomini 
Dr Paul Hutton, Chancellor's Fellow in Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Dr Jane Hutton, Clinical Psychologist, NHS Lothian
Dr Laura Tubb, Clinical Psychologist, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Morwenna Roberts
Dr Sarah Mansfield, Clinical Psychologist with the Wandsworth Early Intervention Service
Cibele Riccomini, Journalist, Peer Mentor Volunteer and 'Bipolar'
Kate Atkinson, Service User and MH Worker
Laura Onens, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Coventry & Warwick Partnership Trust
David Kennard, Clinical Psychologist, Trustee for UK Network of International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis.
James Randall-James, Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Amanda Waldman, Clinical Psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Trusts
Dr Andy Cook, Clinical Psychologist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr. Katja Windheim, Clinical Psychologist, Oxleas NHS Trust
Dr. Bertha Rogers, Clinical Psychologist
Hollie Sweetman, Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Helen Beckwith, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Newcastle University
Dr Fabian Davis Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Aimee Croft, Clinical Psychologist, NHS
Damien Robson, Social Worker, Local Authority
Dr Amanda Stevenson, Clinical Psychologist.
Jill Davies MBACP Counsellor - in private practice and volunteer counsellor in a rape and sexual abuse support centre.
Audrey, Recovery Expert by Experience and WRAP Facilitator.
Dr Laura Hayward, Clinical Psychologist, Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent NHS Trust
Berit Bryn Jensen, chair of We Shall Overcome Norge
Dr Lana Jackson, Paediatric Clinical Psychologist, Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust
Samantha Swift, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Tees Esk & Wear Valley NHS Trust / Teesside University
Dr Eleni Theodosi, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and West Midlands DCP committee member
Clare Allan, Writer
Kate Stoneman, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Plymouth University
William F. Flack, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Bucknell University
Dr Sarah Baxter, Clinical Psychologist, Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust 
Dr Miriam Silver, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Children and Parenting)
Del Loewenthal, Professor of Psychotherapy and Counselling, University of Roehampton & Council for Critical Psychotherapy
Dr Kathryn Lloyd-Williams, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Marion Brown, Human Givens Psychotherapist and Workplace Mediator
Mr. Robert G Belanger, Portland, Maine. USA
Dr Emma Hartley, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Anneka Holden, Clinical Psychologist 
Phill Lister RMN, RNT, MA, BSc(Hons), DipSocialPolicy, CertEd(FE), Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing
Dr Kate Rhodes, Clinical Psychologist, Hywel Dda Health Board
Michelle Taylor, Clinical Psychologist, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Dr. Jocelyn Fleming, Clinical Psychologist, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Samantha Riches, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, SLaM NHS Trust. 
Professor Sami Timimi, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Lincolnshire
Phil Wilshire, social work lead at Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust
Dr Ellen Duff, Clinical Psychologist & regional lead for Psychologists Against Austerity, Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust.
Dr Nathan Kitchenham, Clinical Psychologist, South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Caroline Boyd, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Christine Rodgers, Expert by experience and service user
Dr Stella Christofides, Clinical Psychologist
Patrick Murphy, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Darren O'Brien, Artist and mental health professional.
Ms. Kate Adams
Alison Thorpe, trainee counsellor, London
Dr Vanessa Griffin, Clinical Psychologist
Helen Sera (Bsc Open), Edenfawr Healing Services
Jonathan Harrold, Trainee clinical psychologist
Dr Trudie Brew, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Lindsey DuQueno, Senior Clinical Psychologist
Jim Geekie, NHS Clinical Psychologist and International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis
Andrew Gumley, Professor of Psychological Therapy, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
Charlotte Gaukroger, trainee clinical psychologist at the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
Dr Rachel Notman, Clinical psychologist working at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
Dr. Kathie Burke, Principal Clinical Psychologist
Dr Liza Hart, Clinical Psychologist, Avon & Wilts Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, and The Salisbury Practice.
Dr Clara O'Brien, Chartered Clinical Psychologist (Specialising in Neuropsychology), Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr. Nic Edwards, Clinical Psychologist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, North Wales
Chris Sheldrake, Team Manager, Somerset Team for Early Psychosis, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Tom Halloran
Joanne Holding, Clinical Psychologist, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust 
Estelle Malcolm, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Plymouth University
Sue Wilders, Person Centred Psychotherapist and Counsellor, London
Dr Olivia Fakoussa, Clinical Psychologist, Livewell Southwest, Plymouth
Dr Sue Ryan, Chartered Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, 
Dr Laura Baxter, Clinical Psychologist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Emma Warren, Trainee Clinical Psychologist at Lancaster University
Dr Jonathan Haynes, Ridiculusmus Theatre Company
Karen Machin, Independent trainer and researcher
Clare Leather, trainee clinical psychologist, Plymouth University.
John Robinson, final year student reading Sociology and Theatre studies (hons) at Derby university
Dr Harriet Humfress, Clinical Psychologist, South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust
Michelle Goshawk, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Tees, Esk & Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust / Teesside University
Harry Horgan, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Lucy Butler, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Barts Health London
Jon-Paul Marshall, Trainee Counselling Psychologist, Regent's University London
Alison Kilduff, University of Derby
Hannah Whitehead, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Deirdre Noone, trainee clinical psychologist at UCL
Hilary Jennings, Registered General and Mental Health Nurse
Lucie Nalletamby, Clinical Psychologist
John Hoggett - founder of Speak Out Against Psychiatry
Georgia Hall, Community Mental Health Nurse
Caoilfhionn Timmons, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Gareth Morgan, Clinical Lecturer & Psychologist, University of Leicester/Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Zarina Abbas, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Early Intervention in Psychosis
Dr Heather Simpson,  Clinical Psychologist
Julie S. MacLure MA MEd MBPsS, Interactive Learning Psychological Services
Angela Earith, Student Social Worker, University of Nottingham
Jo Charsley, Psychologist in Clinical Training, University of Leeds
Sam Parker, Trainee Clinical Psycjologist, non-executive director at Emergence and ex service user-expert by experience
Nina Bradshaw, Mental Health Social Worker
Anika Sparling, Trainee Counsellor and Psychotherapist (BSc Hons), PCI College, Ireland.
Dr Katherine Taylor, Clinical Psychologist, Arts for Health, Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design
Megan Thomson. Assistant Psychologist. NHS
Judith Haire
Jennifer Clegg, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Teesside University.
Dr Nick Rowe, Associate Professor and Director of Converge. Faculty of Arts, York St John University
Emma Groves, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust/Teesside University
Dr. Elizabeth C. Roxburgh, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Northampton.
Julia Faulconbridge, Consultant clinical psychologist, chair DCP Faculty for children, young people and their families
Dr Karen Livingstone CPsychol, Clinical Psychologist
Jonathan Gadsby, Adam Jhugroo and Joel Waddingham: Critical Mental Health Nurses' Network
Louise King, Psychotherapist and Lecturer in Psychology  and Counselling, University of Northampton
Chris Thompson, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, South Wales Doctoral Training Programme, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Georgie Fishkin, Applied theatre student at York St John University, and mentor at Mind charity
Daryl Brown, survivor
Fiona Rooney, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Susan Smith, Survivor User
Lyn Gardner, Senior Lecturer, Swansea University
David McCarthy CPsychol, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Rebecca Phillips, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Exeter
Richard Pemberton, Chair, British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology
Annita Tasker, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Teesside University
Sarah Wolfe Trainee Clinical Psychologist University of Liverpool / Mersey Care NHS Trust
Jane Hetherington Principal Psychotherapist Kent EIS Services KMPT
Ryan Wczasek, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Essex
Rowan Reiss,Trainee Clinical psychologist, University of East London
Mark Uzzell, Trainee Clinical Psychologist.
Dr Catherine Jenkins, Clinical Psychologist, NHS GG&C
Leanne Messham,Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Leeds 
Dr Edith Steffen, Counselling Psychologist
Rob Holliday, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Leeds
Ole Dragland, psychologist
Dr Laura Freeman, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Lucy Webb, Senior Lecturer in mental health, and Mental Health Nurse & health psychologist at Manchester Metropolitan University
Christina Morley, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Teesside University
Daisy Jellicoe
Professor Nichola Rooney, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Specialty Adviser to CMO, Northern Ireland
Dr Nick Wakefield, Clinical Psychologist 
Dr Lisa Green, Clinical Psychologist 
Yasmin Hussein - trainee clinical psychologist - Plymouth University
Julia Taylor, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of  Liverpool
Dr Claire Lane, Clinical Psychologist, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Ashley Cadman
Dr Justyna Fila, Clinical Psychologist
Frances Culshaw
Elizabeth Kay, Occupational Therapist/ Integrative Counsellor
Helen Williams, Clinical Psychologist, Leeds
Dr Rebecca Szlachcic, Clinical Psychologist
Denise Winn, Human givens psychotherapist 
Dr Helen Glossop, Clinical Psychologist, West London Mental Health Trust
Sian Williams, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Essex
Dr Elanor Maybury, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Anneka Peppiatt, Clinical Psychologist
Sam Feeney, MBACP counsellor and survivor
Dr Emy Snell, Clinical Psychologist
Christy Laganis, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Liverpool, Merseycare NHS Trust
Constantina Markides, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Essex
Sarah Zetler, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, East London Foundation NHS Trust
Dr Lorna Garner, Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Analytic Therapist. Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust 
Lisa Fensome, Clinical Psychologist
Marc Williams, Clinical Psychologist, NHS
Francine Bear, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
John Heritage, Social Worker, forensic medium secure mental health service
Melissa Akoral, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Queen Margaret University
Dr Andre Bolster, Clinical Psychologist, Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust
Fraser Curl , Humanistic and integrative psychotherapist.
Dr Suzi Harrison, clinical psychologist 
Emma Smith, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Bath
Dr Rebecca Bevis, Clinical Psychologist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Camilla Staunsbrink, psychologist in private practice in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dr Lisa Wright, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Helen Mitchell, Clinical Psychologist
Mirabai Swingler @OnlyUs campaign
Katie Mottram, International Spiritual Emergence Network
Cheryl Prax, Photographer, Speak Out Against Psychiatry
Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex. Former Chair, UK Council for Psychotherapy
Dr Charlie Tyack, Clinical Psychologist, East London NHS Foundation Trust
Karen Orpwood, Senior Clinical Psychologist, 5 Boroughs Partnership Foundation NHS Trust
Dr Kerry Beckley, Consultant Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Chair of Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology
Dr Matthew Bevis, Keble College, University of Oxford
Ignacio Jaenicke
Davina Chauhan, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Edinburgh/NHS Lothian
Dr Bruce Scott, Psychoanalyst, College of Psychoanalysts-UK/Philadelphia Association
Aaron Roberts, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Geoff Shepherd, Clinical Psychologist and visiting Professor, Department of Health Services Research, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London
Rachel Kelly, writer, journalist and mental health campaigner: Ambassdor for Sane and author of a memoir about my own depression and recovery 'Black Rainbow', published by Hodder & Stoughton 2014.
Julie Leonovs. MBPsS,  MSc Psychological Rseach Methods, Mental.Health Activist
Dr Matthew Brown, Clinical Psychologist
Jillian W. Daviduk
Amanda Tate, alternatives to psychiatry campaigner
Steve Thorp, Independent Integral Therapist and Editor, Unpsychology Magazine.
Callum Drury, BSc Psychology, ESOL Teacher, The Globe Centre, Exeter
Jennie Boland, Clinical Psychologist, AWP NHS Trust
Dr Charlotte Malcolm, Clinical Psychologist, Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health
Nikkita Osiadacz, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Canterbury Christ Church University.
Dr Sally Zlotowitz, Clinical and Community Psychologist
Mandy Coghill, Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist
Alexandra Hunter ex service user
Dr Kelly Fenton, Clinical Psychologist, Adult Mental Health
Dr Anna Orchard, Clinical Psychologist
Petrishia Samuel Paulraj, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Sam Robertson, PhD Mental Health Recovery Student, Psychiatric Survivor, Consultant and Activist
Dr Anna Disney, clinical psychologist 
Lynda Anne Sherlock, ex service user and a voice hearer
Caroline Carney, survivor, campaigner and volunteer
Dr. Anthony Redhead, Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Tees, Esk & Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Louise Keir, Clinical Psychologist
Laura Chisholm, Trainee clinical psychologist, Surrey and borders partnership
Maggie Newlands, Music Therapist, retired
Dr Roman Czornyj, Senior Clinical Psychologist, KMPT NHS Trust
Dr Aileen Burnett, Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist, The State Hospital, Carstairs.
Dr Simon Russon, Clinical Psychologist, Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Service, Kent and Medway Social Care NHS Partnership Trust
Dr Tanya Dasgupta Hudson, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Yasmin Miller, mental health service user
Jill Littrell, licensed clinical psychologist, Georgia State University
Dianne Mee Psychotherapist
Catherine Bates AMHP 
Dr David A. Lee, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Prosperity In Mind
Dr Naomi Spokes, Clinical Psychologist
Yasmin Kapadia - Mental Health Nurse, Service User, Activist, Carer and Peer Support Group Worker
Dr Peter Blease, clinical psychologist
Dr Rachel Stretton, Principal Clinical Psychologist
Edward Mundy, Assistant Psychologist (North East London NHS Foundation Trust) and Research Assistant (University College London).
Dr Gina Campion, Clinical Psychologist 
Dr Philip Molyneux, Clinical Psychologist, University of Hull
Allan Jones, British Psychological Society member, former provider and survivor of psychiatric services
Agnes Ringer, clinical psychologist, external lecturer in health promotion and psychology, Roskilde University, Denmark 
Jake Hutchinson, Assistant Clinical Psychologist for Newcastle and Gatesheads CYPS team.
Dr Angela Sweeney, NIHR Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and survivor researcher, St George's University of London
Sophie Holmes Professional Lead for Adult Community Psychology & Consultant Clinical Psychologist Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr. T.R.Moss. Retired consultant physician and senior clinical lecturer.  NHS 40 years service.
Dr Cindy Taylor, clinical psychologist working for Worcestershire Health and Care Trust
Dr Nicholas Hallett, Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS trust
Ines Obradovic, Clinical psychologist, AWP NHS Trust
Jacqui Radford, Person-centred Counsellor, Nottingham Citycare Partnership
Dr Katarina Kovacova, Clinical Psychologist & Lecturer, University of East London.
Ann Kelly    Survivor and co founder of Scottish Recovery group 'Recovery and Renewal'
Silvia Angioi, Integrative Psychotherapist in private practice and NHS IAPT honorary counsellor
Nicola Shanahan, Psychologist in Clinical Training, University of Leeds
Dr Jo Allen, Principal Clinical Psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Nicola Burke, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Ellen Homewood, Clinical Psychologist, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Trust and University of Glasgow.
Dr Mel Bunyan, Consultant Clinical Psychologists, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Ray Owen, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Cancer & Palliative Care), Wye Valley NHS Trust
Dr B Bhanot, Clinical Psychologist, north London forensic services
Giles Tinsley, Trustee, National Hearing Voices Network.
Dr Katy Berg, Clinical Tutor & Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Kirsty Jayne Barlow, Mental Health Social Worker & Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) 
Dr Eli Jaldow, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Emma McGibbon, Clinical Psychologist
Tina Hart, Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology.
Dr Lucy Grace, Clinical Psychologist
Cat Henderson
Dr Ruth Lewis-Morton, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Laetitia Livesey, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Carrie Baker, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Danielle Osler, Assistant Psychologist, Child and Adolescents Mental Health Service 5 Borough Partnership.
Dr Laura Price, Clinical Psychologist
Si Price, Activist & Peer Coordinator at the Independence Trust
Louise Harrold, Psychologist in Clinical Training, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
Liz Greenaway, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Dr. Deborah Watson, Clinical Psychologist GMW NHS Foundation Trust
Gillian Robinson AMHP Service Lead for London Borough Of Barnet,
Louise Sainsbury, Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist
Dr Joanna Baines - Clinical Psychologist, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS foundation trust.
Dr Dougal Julian Hare, Reader in Clinical Psychology, Cardiff University
Louise Hamilton, trainee clinical psychologist, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust 
Brenda Scullion. Mental health nurse , Belfast Health and Social cate Trust
Sharon Maher. Lead Social Worker. Forensic Medium/low secure service.
Jane Haines
Professor Simone Fullagar, Department for Health, University of Bath
Dr Che Rosebert, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, BPS Psychosis & Complex Mental Health Faculty Chair
Jen Daffin, Trainee  clinical psychologist, Cardiff university
Victoria Tischler PhD CPsychol, Honorary Associate Professor, University of Nottingham
Keith Bucknall, Dementia Researcher and Service User
Dr Matt Spencer, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Nicci Earley, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Dr Joanne Porter, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Oliver Hawthorne, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Canterbury Christ Church University
Dr Catherine Fritz, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Northampton
Dr Marion Bates, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Rosanna Philpott, Clinical Psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
Alyson Dodd, Lecturer in Mental Health, Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research.
Dr Sue Whitcombe, Counselling Psychologist, Director Family Psychology Solutions CIC
Shannon Cullerton, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, UEL
Nicola Ferreira, Counselling Psychologist in Training, University of Roehampton 
Jenny Dreyer, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Dr Zandra Bamford, Senior Clinical Psychologist. GMW NHS foundation trust.
Dr Faye Banks, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Newcastle University
Dr Lauren Mawn, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Dr Anne-Marie Doyle, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Chair Elect - Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology
Dr Joanna Semlyen, Health Psychologist, London Metropolitan University
Laura Torres Martins
Nicholas Smith, Psychological Therapist, Bradford District Care Foundation Trust.
Mena Venton, Senior Social Worker  / Approved Mental Health Professional
Dr Rufus May Inpatient Clinical Psychologist, Bolton Royal Hospital, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Teresa Grogan
Dr Sarah Finnis, Principal Clinical Psychologist
Dr Jonathan Hutchins, Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Expert Witness
Mandy Underwood, Clinical Psychologist, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Lisa Monaghan Lead Clinical Psychologist HCLDT
Dr Lucy Hedges, Clinical Psychologist
Wendy Brook, IMHA, Psychotherapist, Trainer
Dr Caroline J Falconer, Department of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, University of Nottingham
Vikki Baker, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Rebekka Knight, Clinical Psychologist 
Suzanne Czech, Trainee Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic, London.
Dr Melanie Coxall, Chartered Psychologist & Registered Clinical Psychologist 
Dr Emily Callan, Clinical Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist, East London NHSFT 
Nimisha Patel, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of East London
Victoria Bagnall, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Staffordshire University
Dr Aayesha Mulla, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Chirag D Gorasia ClinPsyD, CPsychol, Director and Clinical Psychologist, Lotus Primecare
Dr Karen Quinn, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Jo Seely, Clinical Psychologist. 
Annie Attawar, trainee clinical psychologist, University of Liverpool
Jodi Pitt, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Exeter 
Bob Balfour, Founder Survivors West Yorkshire 
Dr Katja Osswald, Clinical Psychologist
Mrs Valerie E Baker, Mental Health Campaigner and Activist
Robert Jenkins, Retired Psychotherapist
Susie Gordon-Jones, Trainee clinical psychologist, University of East London
Dr Lucy Murray, Clinical Psychologist. 
Dr Laura Twist, Clinical Psychologist, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Stuart Clark, Principal Psychologist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation trust
Dr Aidan McKiernan, Senior Clinical Psychologist at Ireland's Children's Hospice.
Joanna Sheldrake, Specialist Occupational Therapist, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. 
Benjamin Condon, Psychology Postgraduate and Mental Health Worker, Oxford.
Dr Isobel Robb, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Jo Jury, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Gillian Roose Clinical Psychologist
Judith Guild   Counsellor , Samaritan,  former mental health support worker
Dr Jenna Moffitt, Clinical Psychologist
Andrew Rogers, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Amirah Iqbal, Psychologist in counselling training
Mr Pavlos Leptos
Emma Watson, Peer Support Development Worker and Trainer, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust/ Institute of Mental Health
Laura Smith, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Lancaster University/Lancashire Care Foundation Trust
Patrice Campion, Psychotherapist & Research Psychologist, Northern Ireland
Adele Hurst,Trainee clinical psychologist
Margie Callanan, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Salomons Centre, Canterbury Christ Church University.
Dr Kate Houlihan, Clinical Psychologist 
Dr Brian Magee Clinical Psychologist South Eastern Trust Lisburn NI
Tracey Whalley, Counsellor
Dr Daniele Moyal-Sharrock, Reader in Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire, President of the British Wittgenstein Society
Corrine Hendy, Peer Development Worker,  Notts Healthcare Trust.
Chantal Bailie, clinical psychologist
Dr John Mulligan, Clinical Psychologist, Mersey Care NHS Trust
Elaine di Campo, carer, service user and MH professional. 
Kim Baker, Psychological Therapist/Trainee Counselling Psychologist IAPT East and Mid Devon
Dr Phillip Brawn, Clinical Psychologist, Cwm Taf NHS University Health Board
Emma Shaw Núñez, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Liverpool.
Dr Helen Taylor, Clinical Psychologist, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Frances Taylor, clinical psychologist
Dr Anna Ruddle, Clinical Psychologist
Julian Radford, Mental health social worker, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Jen Kilyon, Soteria Network Trustee, ISPS UK (International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis)
Jenny Lawrenson, Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Dr Helen Miller, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Dr Katherine Gerrard, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Michael Baliousis, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, The University of Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Warren Milburn, Peer Support Worker
Juliet Dwek, Psychotherapist and Counsellor.
Donna Seddon-Butland, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Registered Mental Health Nurse, Somerset Partnership NHS Trust
Sue Irwin, Peer Support Worker, Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust
Kevin Martin, Existential psychotherapist, Theologian / CofE Ordinand
Emma Ward, Clinical Psychologist
Andy Craggs, Mental health complex care nurse practitioner
Liz Blakey- Psychotherapist, trainer and researcher
Cat Meredith, Social Worker and Graduate Tutor, Department of Social Work and Communities, Northumbria UnIversity
Dr Paula Maggi, Principal Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
Charlotte Wilson, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Trinity College Dublin
Miss Poppy Rollinson, Mental Health Nurse, Brighton.
Dr Alana Davis, Clinical Psychologist, NHS Lothian
Dr Peter Morgan, Clinical Psychologist
Japleen Kaur, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Kirsty Trevillion BSc (hons) Psychology and soon to be RMN (4 weeks and counting)
Dr Nicola Taylor, Clinical Psychologist, NHS
Dr Tracey Lintern, Clinical Psychologist
Colin R. Moore, Founder Clear Light Mind Hypotherapy and Mindfulness Training
Jodie Hill, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London.
Chris Wheeldon
Yvonne Awenat
Sara Anderson
Elaine Francis, Student Mental  Health Nurse, University of Greenwich
Damian Friel
Semanthi Sagathevan, Occupational Therapist and Trainee Clinical Psychologist.
Philippa Rowe, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Carey Glass, Chartered Psychologist
Delicia Phillips Psychiatric nurse, Lincoln
Nika Söderlund, social worker & PhD-student, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Peter Rawsthorne, Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion Practitioner, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Kate Mc Grath, Psychological Practitioner
Angie Leach
Matthew Morris - Operational Director, Stepping Stones Community Outreach.
Dr Charmian Round Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
Dr Alessio Agostinis, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Annie Fallaize, Person-centred Psychotherapist, Leeds
Kay Anne Rooney, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Newcastle upon Tyne
Dr Cheryl Rezek, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Paul Sharpe, Clinical Psychologist, TEWV NHS Foundation Trust
Dr David King, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Mersey Care NHS Trust 
Dr Helen Rockliff, Honorary Contract Researcher, University of Bristol
Dr Megan Maidment, Clinical Psychologist
Lois Holzman, Director East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy, New York NY USA
Susan Moate, Violinist and Bipolar I-ist :-) 
Brenda LeFrançois, Professor, School of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Dr Peter Steggals, Medical Sociologist, guest researcher at Newcastle University
Liz McGrady. Specialist Practice mental health nurse at CWP in Chester and Senior lecturer in mental health nursing at Chester University
Ron Coleman, www.workingtorecovery.co.uk
Karen Taylor, www.workingtorecovery.co.uk
Graeme Reid, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Honorary Lecturer in Clinical Psychology.
Nikolaos Koukopoulos, PhD Student, Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Dr Jannine Dowling, Clinical psychologist, South west Yorkshire NHS foundation trust
Tim Reed, Social worker in CR/HT service in Somerset.
Michele Müller, Neuroscience writer from Brazil
Dr Annie Talbot, Senior clinical psychologist, Capital coast DHB Wellington NZ
Lauren Coleman, Survivor and Psychology Student
Cindy Peterson-Dana, Psychotherapist and former recipient of services, LMHC, New York 
Claire Nurse, Student Mental Health Nurse
Pat's Petition
Dr Eloise Donaghay-Spire, Clinical Psychologist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Alison Blencowe, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Dr Sophie Westwood, Clinical Psychologist, LIH Olivia's Place, Shanghai
Barry Duncan, Director Heart and Soul of Change Project and CEO of Better Outcomes Now
Lesley Pavincich, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Rebecca Mort, Trainee Counsellor, University of Northampton.
Dr. John Davies CPsychol AFBPsS Consultant Clinical Psychologist / Accredited Cognitive Psychotherapist
Boh Wasyliw, Concerned, retired lecturer and teacher. Human being.
Nicola Forshaw, Head of Programme: Dance, York St John University.
Dr Alex Reeds, retired family therapist
Andrew Walsh, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University
Jim Rogers, Senior lecturer, University of Lincoln
Dr Simon Wharne – Community Mental Health Team manager, researcher and Counselling Psychology Trainee.
Lucy Jarvis, Clinical Nurse Specialist, CAMHS ld/FISS, Sussex Partnership nhs foundation trust
Jan Bostock, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Liam McNally, Clinical Psychologist, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust 
Tara Daniels
Dr Colm Gallagher, Clinical Psychologist
Mr Neil Thomas. Community Psychiatric Nurse. International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS) UK Committee.
Dr Tara Daniels, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Mandy McTaggart, Registered Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Lead, Outlook South West – IAPT service
Sarah Swan, Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist
David Clark, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology
Mrs Rachel Crawshaw, Mental Health Professional
Stacey-Marie Campbell, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Canterbury Christ Church University
Paul Atkinson, psychotherapist, Free Psychotherapy Network
Jess Elmer,Clinical Psychologist, Integrated Early Years CAMHS, Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust
Jennifer Bennett
Dr Andrea Flood, University Clinical Teacher, University of Liverpool
Dr Taru Kokkonen, Clinical Psychologist, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Julie Highfield, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Dr Naomi Law, Clinical Psychologist, Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Clare Sandford – Clinical Psychologist, Cwm Taf University Health Board
Dr Daria J. Kuss, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Nottingham Trent University
Dr Stephen Weatherhead, Editor, Clinical Psychology Forum
Dr Alex Hassett, Principal Lecturer and Senior Consultant, Canterbury Christ Church University
Dr Laura Gilkinson, Clinical Psychologist, NHS adult community mental health service
Dr Michael Gopfert, psychiatrist and honorary research fellow, University of Liverpool
Dr Jake Bowley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, States of Jersey Mental Health Services
Dr Danielle Gaynor, Clinical Psychologist
Diane Edwards, Staff Nurse, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
Dr David Williams, Clinical Psychologist, NSFT Youth Pathway and Recovery College Tutor
Donna Oxley, Clinical Psychologist
Dr James Davies Reader in social anthropology and mental health, University of Roehampton.
Dr Bob Patton, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey
Tom Vlietstra, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Surrey
Sian Kinrade, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist/CPN, Retired.
Ms Louise Taylor, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
Steve Nash, ​Chairperson, The Voluntary Sector Advisory Group, Newcastle upon Tyne
Dr Tom Gilberthorpe, Specialist Registrar in General Adult Psychiatry, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust 
Nick Moore, Clinical Psychologist, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Peter Taylor, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool
Dr Alex Stirzaker, IAPT National Advisor and Specialist in PD and SMI 
Yvie Johnson
Sylvia Puchalska, Clinical Psychologist, North East London Foundation Trust
Dr Caroline Durrant, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Alison Summers, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis.
Jon Crossley, Clinical Psychologist & FYPC Research Lead, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Katie Piggott, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Surrey
Dr Katrina Rumball, Clinical Psychologist, Brent CAMHS
Siobhan Jones, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University
Redmond O'Hanlon,
Kath Tayler, Senior Lecturer in Early Years, University of Brighton
Kim Goddard, Tutor, Mental Health Dept., King’s College London
Dr Lauren Colgan, Clinical psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Jacqueline Hopson "lifelong patient"
Dr Duncan Law, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Liza Messing, Clinical Psychologist & MAP Stream Clinical Lead, BEH MHT
Dr Lianne Hovell, Clinical Psychologist, NHS (complex needs substance misuse services)
Natasha Holden, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Alec Grant, Reader in Narrative Mental Health, University of Brighton
Blessing Bakare, Psychology Undergraduate, University of Kent
Dr Simon Downer, Consultant Psychiatrist, Bristol
Claire Evans, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Lancaster University
Elanor Stannage, Phd Student, York St John University
Matthias Schwannauer PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology
Dr. Sarah Thompson, Clinical Psychologist  
Emma Cooper, Social Worker
Sarah Swan, Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Shreeta Raja CPsychol, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Javier Álbvarez Rodríguez, Psychiatrist, PhD, Chairman of the board of the "Asociacion NUEVAPSIQUIATRÍA"
Marijke Acket, Transpersonal and Intergrative Psychotherapist and supervisor. Brighton
Chris Douglas, Consultant Medical Psychotherapist, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation trust
Mike Slade, Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion
Dr Jodie Waterhouse, Clinical Psychologist, Adult Mental Health.
Dr Anthony Molyneux, Specialist Registrar (ST5) in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mersey Deanery, UK
David Coyle, Darlithydd/Lecturer: Ysgol Gwyddorau Gofal Iechyd/School of Healthcare Sciences: Prifysgol Bangor/Bangor University
Sarajane Aris, AFBPS, CPsychol, Consultant Clinical Psychologist,
Dr Sarah Baldrey, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Leigh Emery, Clinical Psychologist.
Josie Smith, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Canterbury Christ Church University
Nia Sheppard, Assistant Psychologist, Partnerships in Care.
Dr Rory Byrne, Psychosis Research, Lived Experience, Manchester
Dr Anthony Wharton, Clinical Psychologist, Devon Partnership NHS trust.
Diana Ierfino Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Ruth Stocks, Clinical Psychologist & Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology - Scotland
Dr Clare Dixon, Clinical Psychologist, Lancaster University
Ami Cifelli, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Tom Wengraf
Katere Pourseied, Lecturer in (Developmental) Psychology, The University of Northampton
Claire Whiter, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Plymouth University
Dr Ruth Allen, Director of Social Work, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust & Incoming Chief Executive of the British Association of Social Workers
Mike Ridley-Dash, Clinical Psychologist
(Mrs) Margaret Turner. Secretary, Soteria Network UK and former Mental Health Social Worker.
Katherine Newman Taylor, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in CBT, University of Southampton.
Ben Thompson, Community Mental Health Nurse, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Beth Sawyer
Dr Iseult Twamley, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Health Service Executive, Ireland.
Professor Chris Williams, Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry, University of Glasgow, & President, on behalf of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies  - the lead body for CBT in the UK
Dr James Brennan, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Margaret Conlon, Lecturer, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Maria Castro Romero, Senior Lecturer & Academic Tutor, University of East London
Gillian Bowden, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Eamonn Flynn
Erica Stewart, AMHP Lead, Cheshire East Council
Suzanne Platt, Trainee clinical psychologist, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology 
Christopher Jones, Assistant Psychologist, East London Foundation Trust
Heather Allan, Co-director of PCCS Books, a mental health publisher
Dr Aradhana Perry, Clinical Psychologist, BME Access Service
Diana Toseland, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Tori Otero, Service User Consultant and Co -ordinator of Trafford Service User Network ( personality disorder) 
Damian Gardner  Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Reinhard Guss, Chair of Faculty of the Psychology of Older People
Satyin Taylor, Chaplain / Spiritual Care Advisor - North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Deputy Team Leader / Buddhist Coordinator, Department of Spiritual, Religious & Cultural Care - East London NHS Foundation Trust, Triratna Buddhist Order / Lived Experience of ‘psychosis’ / National Spirituality & Mental Health Forum
Helen Dent, Professor of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Staffordshire University, Co-Chair of the Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology
Philippa Capel, Counselling Psychologist
Chris Duffy, Assistant Psychologist
Dr L Zeeman, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, University of Brighton
Dr Margaret O’Rourke, Director of Mental Health RAMAS Foundation, School of Medicine, University College Cork
Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist, West London Mental Health NHS Trust ( Hononary)
Dr. Janet McCarthy, Principal Clinical Psychologist,  Leeds  Partnerships Foundation Trust.
Claire Brockman Moody.  Senior Child arts psychotherapist & consultant mental health specialist for children.
Dr Laura Madeley, Clinical Psychologist 
Hugh Middleton, Associate Professor, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham, Consultant Psychiatrist, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Co-chair, UK. Critical Psychiatry Network
Heather Allan, Co-director of PCCS Books, a mental health publisher.
Peter Bullimore
Andrew McLean, Clinical Psychologist, Early Intervention for Psychosis Service (ESTEEM), Glasgow
Dr Andrew Soutter, Chair of the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy int he NHS.
Rhona Brown, Clinical Psychologist
Lucy Pearce, Social Worker, Avon and Witlshire Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWP)
Dr. Richard Slinger, Clinical Child Psychologist
Rachel McKail, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Lancaster university.
Tom Keen, Senior Lecturer (retired) in Mental health, Plymouth University.
Dr Rachel Freeth, Specialty Doctor in Mental Health
Andrew Shepherd - Doctoral Research Fellow and Higher Trainee in Forensic Psychiatry; Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Prof Rex Haigh, Enabling Environments Lead, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Tulane Blyth, Social Worker, Cynnwys Therapy Service, Cardiff & Vale UHB
Apostolia Alizioti
Dr Mike Marriott, Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist, Division of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University
Dr Kate Williams Principal Clinical Psychologist
Damian Gardner – Lead Psychologist & Head of WAA & Psychological Service, Hertfordshire
Dr Wendy Franks, NHS Clinical Psychologist
John Bayley, Psychotherapist using the Human Givens approach.
Dr Sara Tai, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology & Consultant Clinical Psychologist, University of Manchester
Dr. Ron Roberts, Honorary Lecturer in Psychology, Kingston University
Dr Vanessa Jones, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Adult Mental Health
Amanda Ediriweera, Principal Clinical Psychologist
Rob Goemans, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Lincoln
Dr Dianne C LeFevre.  Previously NHS Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy. Retired. Now in private practice.
Camilla Armstrong, Therapeutic Groupworker, Devon Partnership NHS Trust 
Amanda Phillips, mother.
Lee Little, nurse within "social pschiatric" services, in Hillerød, in Denmark.
Ruth Mills (Consultant Clinical Psychologist)
Filippo Varese, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology – University of Manchester
Michael Ashman, mental health worker and activist
Dr Phil Anscombe, Clinical Psychologist/Group Analyst, Jt lead for Acute Psychological Practice,  Kent and Medway Partnership Trust
Rob Manchester: Social Worker and Approved Mental Health Professional (Devon County Council/Devon Partnership Trust).
Sian Thomas Mental Health Service User
Dr Sara MacKian, Senior Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing, The Open University
Stuart Guy, Senior Lecturer – Mental Health Nursing, University of Wolverhampton
Dr Gail Harrison, Principal Clinical Psychologist and CBT therapist, Leeds Partnerships NHS Trust
Dr Philippa East, Chartered Clinical Psychologist in Independent Practice
Steve Flatt
Anna Minogue
Claire A Evans, Senior Lecturer Mental Health Nursing
Ana Barrios, MBPsS, PhD Health candidate, Birmingham City University
Dr Lydia Turner, University of Sussex
Dr A Kennedy, Consultant Psychologist
Grace Lucas 
Carol Monahan, Manager, South Locality Mental Health Team, Wiltshire Council
Dr Margreet Peutz, Consultant Psychiatrist and Social Anthropologist, London
Dr Pat Bracken, Consultant Psychiatrist/Clinical Director, West Cork Mental Health Service, Ireland
Dr Maria Haarmans, University of Liverpool
Hannah Pettman, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University
Dr Sarah Parry, Clinical Psychologist, MMU and Halliwell Homes
Vicky Cann, AMHP/Senior Social Worker
Dr Vicki Savage, Consultant psychiatrist
Abbie Unwin, Clinical Psychologist, The Brandon Centre
Lisa Sams
Dr Carolyn Hurcom, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, West Midlands
Kate Morrissey, Counselling Services Manchester
Dr Anthony Theuninck, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Dr. J. Brown, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, The University of Southampton
Barry Orr, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Dr Iiris Kleinberg, Clinical Psychologist 
Dr Duncan Still, GP and integrative doctor, Bristol
Sally Mungall Art Psychotherapist, NHS trust
Bob Diamond, Clinical Psychologist, Nottinghamshire Healthcare (NHS) Trust
Alastair Morgan, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, University of Manchester.
Chris Robbins, Mental Health Social Worker/ Approved Mental Health Professional, Devon County Council
Dr Lisa Lee-Falcon, Clinical Psychologist, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.
Dr Becky Johnson, Clinical Psychologist, Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health Trust
Mrs Mary Holba, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Gloucestershire
Claire Biggs-Tandy, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Surrey & Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Michaela Edwards, Lancaster University
Mary Dicks, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Independent Practitioner
Samantha Chisnall, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Dr Simon Platts, Principal Clinical Psychologist, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Dawn Whitaker, Lecturer in Social Work, Lancaster University
Tom Cotton, Psychotherapist, Roehampton University, London.
David Yeomans, Consultant Psychiatrist, Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds, Trustee, Leeds Mind
Helen Veater, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Universities of Coventry & Warwick
Tom Sharp, Higher Assistant Psychologist, CYPS, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Beatriz Sanchez, Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton and Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Barbara Keogh, Research Nurse/Approved Mental Health Professional
Dr Gary L. Sidley, Clinical Psychologist - Freelance Writer
Dr Alexandra Quigley, Clinical Psychologist 
David Bell, Consultant Psychiatrist, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
Suzie Lemmey, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Dr Tomasz Mielnik, Specialist Registrar in General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry, Barnet, Enfield and  Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
Dr Kara Bagnall, Clinical Psychologist, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust
Barbara Schaefer MA, Social Worker, Director Beacon Social Care Ltd., Nottingham
Dr Linsay Brassington, Clinical Psychologist
Steven Coles, Clinical Psychologist, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust & Division of Clinical Psychology Beyond Diagnosis Chair
Nicky Forsythe, Psychotherapist MBACP (Accred.) and Founder of Talk for Health
Dr Martin Parsons, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Dr Patrick Grove, Clinical Psychologist, East London Foundation Trust
Dr Anna Harpin, University of Warwick
Sonya Greaney advocate, peer support group facilitator and Student Psychiatric Nurse 
Laura Chance, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Dr Rachel Fyson, Associate Professor and Director of Centre for Social Work: School of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Nottingham
Karen Brooks
Therese O' Donoghue, PhD, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Leicester 
Dr Zounish Rafique, Clinical Psychologist, South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS
Dr Paul Fisher, Clinical Lecturer in Clinical psychology, University of East Anglia
Cheryl Jones, CBT Therapist
Jo Markham, Mental health nurse.
Dr Nicki Ward, Lecturer, University of Birmingham
Dr Robert Dempsey, Lecturer in Psychology, Staffordshire University.
Dr James Hurley, Clinical Psychologist, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
Isabelle Butcher, Research assistant, Psychology Department Nottingham Trent University
Angela Ayre, Social Worker, AMHP, Tower Hamlets
Dr Anja Wittkowski, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Psychologist at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust
Maria Drew
Siobhan Finnegan, OT community rehab Tower Hamlets 
Colin Murphy, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Canterbury Christ Church University.
Ann Bessell, Social Worker/AMHP London Borough of Southwark
Vanessa Garfoot, Consultant Lead Clinical Psychologist and Lead Clinician
Philip Benjamin
Dr. Cian Aherne, Clinical Psychologist, Ireland.
Sarah Johnstone, Clinical Psychologist
Nina Browne, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University College London 
Ged Bailes, Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist, Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Tom Stockmann, Psychiatry Higher Trainee
Dr Laura Golding, Programme Director, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool
Stephanie Kennedy,Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Anna Galloway, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University College London
Lucas Shelemy, PhD Researcher, University of Reading
Dr Gemma Hendry, Clinical Psychologist.
Lydia Sapouna, College Lecturer, University  College Cork, Ireland
Mr. Edward Dantes, Former Service User, Washington, DC, USA
Dr Jo Walkley, Clinical Psychologist, Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust
Caroline Rake, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Harry Gijbels, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork
David Deane, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Wimbledon Recovery & Support Team, South West London & St Georges Mental Health Trust
S. Randolph Kretchmar, Partner; Law Offices of Kretchmar & Cecala, P.C.; Wilmette, IL, USA
Dr Tomasz Pierscionek MRCPsych
Val Jackson, Tutor and course organiser, Diploma in Peer-supported open dialogue, network and relational skills, Family Therapist
Dr Dorothy J. Frizelle, Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist, Chair, Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology
Dr Sara Banks, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, London North West Health Care NHS Trust
Ber Twomey, University College Cork
Megan Edwards, University College Cork
Laura Hawkins, Trainee Clinical Psychologist,University of Liverpool
Jasmin Langdon-Daly, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University College London
Anne-Marie Curtin, Cork, Ireland, Relative of survivor
Dr Camilla Day, Psychiatry Registrar, South London & Maudsley NHS Trust
Ian Argent, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
Victoria Bonnett, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University
Dr. Beth Greenhill, Senior Clinical Tutor/Clinical Psychologist, University of Liverpool
Jennifer Sica, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. 
Charlie Cowtan, Assistant Psychologist, Cwm Taf University Health Board
Maura O’Leary – Concerned citizen
Lynne Kent, Advanced Mental Health Social Work Practictioner, NDDH, Kestral Unit
Paul Sams
Dr Ajay KHANDELWAL, CEO Lambeth and Southwark mind
Georgina Heath, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Surrey
Sinbad King
Angie Spencer, STEP Assessment Worker / Occupational Therapist, Somerset Team for Early Psychosis (STEP)
Dr. Paul Kelly, Senior Clinical Psychologist, University College Dublin
Matt Colborn (Msc., DPhil).
Natasha Caesar- Musician/Blogger
drpeterhollis@aol.com
Dr Arabella Kurtz, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Leicester.
Bob Sapey, Member of Critical and Creative Approaches to Mental Health, Lancaster, Retired senior lecturer in Applied Social Science, Lancaster.
Ingrid Masterson, former UKCP / ICP Reg. Psychotherapist (retired)
Dylan Tighe, Theatre-maker and musician, Dublin, Ireland
Ruth Forrest, Mental Health Nurse, NHS
Dr. Rhodri Huws.  Psychiatrist.  Sheffield.
Dr Richard Hassall.  Retired clinical psychologist; currently PhD student, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield.
Kathryn Slater, Volunteer, Talk For Health
Paul Green, member Living With Psychiatric Medication group, Leicester
Brian Koehler PhD
Dr Kieran Keohane, School of Sociology & Philosophy, UCC, Cork, Ireland
Ric Bowl, Director of Community Mental Health Programmes, University of Birmingham
Tamsin Waterhouse, Programme Director - Advanced Certificate in Mental Health and Deafness, The University of Birmingham
Lesley Waiting, mental health nurse
Shelley Graham Lead Peer Support Mentor from EMU - Enfield mental health user group
Joanna Birkett, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University
Andy Brackett - Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Leicester
Patricia Murphy, CBT Therapist 
Lionel Joyce, CBE, OBE
Jane Devey Smith, Registered Clinical Psychotherapist UKCP (accr) MBACP MSc
Miss Sophie Ridgway, Nottingham City Care (NHS)
Dr Alison Torn, Leeds Trinity University
Dr. Ciaran McCullagh, Former Senior lecturer in Sociology, University College, Cork
Cara Thompson, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Staffordshire University
Jo Hadfield, Clinical Psychologist & Systemic Family Therapist, Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Keith Butler
Dr Jo Mueller, Clinical Psychologist, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust  
Lianne Wayman Student Mental Health Nurse
Lindsey Talbott, Person-Centred Therapist, Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter
Oliver Campbell, Art Psychotherapist, SLaM NHS FT
Bethan Hayward-Bell, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, South Wales Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 
Dr. Laura McGrath, Lecturer, University of East London.
Dr Amber Evans (Clinical Psychologist) 
Michele Gunn, Art Therapist
Karen Mohammed
Mark McKergow, HESIAN project, Dept of Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire
Dr Julie Steel, Clinical Psychologist.
Marguerite Gallagher, Trainee clinical psychologist, Canterbury Christ Church University
Vikki Taylor, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Canterbury Christ Church University
Laura Wade, final year MA social work student, Lancaster University
Carolyn Barrows Integrative Psychotherapist.
Dr Adrian Whittington, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Will Devlin, Clinical Psychologist, Work in Process, Bristol
Bruce Bassam, RN(M), BABCP Accredited Supervisor and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
Sara Holloway, Assistant Psychologist, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
Professor Paul Gilbert, PhD., FBPsS, OBE
Dr Virginia Lumsden, Clinical Psychologist
Elaine McLean RMN Merseycare NHS Trust
Anna Woodall, Clinical Psychologist, Camden & Islington Mental Health Trust
Steve McCrea
Dr Nargis Islam, Clinical Psychologist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust  
Tony Deane
Dr Penny Priest, Clinical Psychologist, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust
Dr Carol Brady AFBPsS, Executive Director Strategy, Lincolnshire Community Health Services 
Dr Sacha Lawrence, AFBPsS, Priory Healthcare
Dr Mary Drummond, University of Central Lancashire
Vanessa Skinner, Compassion focused CBT Practitioner, University of Cambridge Counselling Service 
Ryan Lawty, Assistant Psychologist, NHS
Mrs Nofie Johnston, urgent care nurse, Greater Manchester West NHS Trust
Ms Meg Howarth, London.
Dr Mary Welford, Director Compassion In Mind
Dr Agnieszka Gunning, Clinical Psychologist, WLMHT
Ashleigh MacDougall, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Teesside University
Nicholas ( Nick) Caswell, Registered Mental Nurse (Retired)
Agnes Higgins, Professor in Mental Health, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Katherine Baly, Clinical psychologist, Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust
Dr Ashleigh McLellan, Clinical Psychologist, Humber Traumatic Stress Service, Humber NHS Foundation Trust 
Stephen Ward, Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act Lead, Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Council
Rob Ellis, Occupational Therapist, Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust
Laura Hill, Counselling Psychologist
Dr Ciaran Crummey 
Caroline Cannon, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Akiko Hart, Acting Director, Mental Health Europe, and Hearing Voices Project Manager, Mind in Camden
Annette de la Cour, Independent Mental Health Social Worker
Dr Ellie Pontin, Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow, University of Liverpool  
Sarah Butler-Boycott, Survivor + Involvement Worker, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium
Georgina Rowse, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Sheffield
Frances Hogan
Dr Lindsay McMillan, Clinical Psychologist
Liz Pike, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Leicester
Anna Arabskyj, Family Member, Soteria Bradford Community
Mary Boyle, Prof Emeritus of clinical psychology, University of East London
Shelley Moorfield.
Dr Shelley McCann, Clinical psychologist, Cwm Taf university health board NHS Trust
Dr. Aoife Menton, Clinical Psychologist with special interest in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
Dr Jenny Nam CPsychol, AFBPsS, Counselling Psychologist. NHS Wales 
Sue Cunliffe
Michael Begley, University of Exeter
Dr. James Rodger, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, South Devon Child and Mental Health Service
Prof. Timothy J Trimble, Junior Dean, Trinity College Dublin
Paul Hicks, Time to Change Champion
Dr Olivia Doughty, Clinical Psychologist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation NHS Trust. 
Dr Emma Evans, Clinical Psychologist, Merseycare NHS Trust  
Fiona Tomkinson, RMN
Dr Oonagh Williamson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Professor Edward Watkins
Professor of Experimental and Applied Clinical Psychology, Member of NICE Guidelines for Adult Depression, University of Exeter
Dr Selma Ebrahim, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NTW Foundation Trust
Alison Soutter, Educational Psychologist
Dr Jenny Turner, Clinical Psychologist
John Millican, parent and carer
Dr Claire Seddon, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Liverpool
Lynere Wilson, Community Mental Health Nurse, Christchurch, New Zealand
Kerry Chamberlain Professor of Social and Health Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand
Garret Barnwell, Clinical Psychologist
Vicky Jones, Occupational Therapist
Dr Kathryn Heaton. Clinical Psychologist. 
Paul Watson, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Newcastle University
Dr. Gillian Proctor, Lecturer in Counselling and Independent Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Claudia Mollidor, Social Psychologist
Matt Brayshaw, survivor and service user engagement worker, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
Emily Kilby, Mental health social worker, Cambridge and Peterborough foundation trust. 
Dr Zoë Boden, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, London South Bank University
Charlie Jones, Clinical Psychologist, Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service
Dr Deborah Kingston, Area Clinical Psychologist (HMP Lincoln, Nottingham, North Sea Camp, IRC Morton Hall). Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. 
Lorraine Lowe 
Miss Andrea Clark, University of Glasgow
Jim Bradley, Volunteer supporting Mental Health  Service User and Carer Involvement, Elected Public Governor Cumbria Partnership Trust.
Dr Gemma Mitchell, Clinical Psychologist
Professor Jane Ussher
Anne Thoday, Approved Mental Health Professional, Derbyshire County Council
Ian M. Evans, Professor Emeritus, School of Psychology, Massey University, Wellington
New Zealand
Miss Kim Jackson-Blott (trainee clinical psychology, South Wales Doctoral Programme)
Rob Allison, Programme Lead for BSc Nursing, University of York
Derek Chambers, Director of Programmes and Policy, ReachOut Ireland Ltd.
Bryony Walker Senior Lecturer in Mental Health and Psychological Therapies. Leeds Beckett University
Dr Hannah Istead, Clinical Psychologist Christchurch NZ. 
Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland, Clinical Psychologist, King's College London
Dr Nikki Swan, Clinical Psychologist 
Iain Caldwell, CEO & Clinical Director starfish health and wellbeing 
Aisling Daly
Dr Jane M. Selby, Independent clinical psychologist, Cambridge, UK
Sean Walsh, Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Dr Ruth Butterworth, Clinical Psychologist, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
Jim Duffy, Retired psychiatric nurse with a special interest in psychotherapy
Dr Cara A. Pouchly, Clinical Psychologist, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Jenny Griffiths, Clinical Psychologist, West London Mental Health Trust
Julie Lawrence, Psychotherapist, Human Givens Institute
John Fitzgerald, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Massey University, Wellington
Haymond lee, University of Surrey
Dr Anna whittlesea, Clinical psychologist, Cheshire and Wirral partnership nhs trust. 
Dr Karen Barton, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Birmingham
Rebecca Greenslade, Psychotherapist, London
Dr. Nicholas Marlowe, Director, Macquarie Street Psychology Centre, Sydney Australia
Dr Arabella Onslow, GP & Foster Carer (teenagers & young people), Kirkby in Furness, Cumbria.
Julie Howorth, Counsellor, Supervisor and Trainer
Dr. Louise Goodbody
Christina Cheney, Social worker, Blackpool Council
Ruth Ross, Senior clinical psychologist, Southern District Health Board, New Zealand
Dr Nathalie Whittle, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
David Galloway, Emeritus Professor, School of Education, Durham University
Andy Brown, Senior Community Psychiatric Nurse & CBT Therapist
Glenys Marriott, Health and social care consultant
Dr Gemma Hollington (Clinical Psychologist) Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust
Emma Nunley, CBT Therapist, Cheshire and Wirral NHS Partnership Trust 
Tricia Hagan, Clinical Psychologist, Liverpool
Alan Beattie, Research Associate, Institute for Social Futures, Lancaster University; Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Health Education, Cumbria University
Dr Tamasin Knight, Specialty Registrar in Public Health
Sandra Walker, Mental Health Lecturer and Nurse, Southampton University
Donal Watt (Mental Health Nurse) West Sussex
Linda Steen, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director, University of Manchester Clinical Psychology Programme
Derry Hunter, Activist, Teacher & Website Editor, Recovery Wirral 
Shirley Smith, Person Centered Psychotherapist
Marcello Maviglia, Department of Family and Community , Medicine Centre for Native American Health
Sean Harmon, Trainee Counselling Psychologist, Glasgow Caledonian University.
Zoe Butler, Project lead; "The Hot Potato Project
Dr Diana Korevaar, Psychiatrist Melbourne Australia 
Jane Wilson, Systemic and Family Psychotherapist
Trudy Atkinson
Lecturer/Lived Experience Academic, School of Nursing & Midwifery,
CQ University Australia,
Anne Grethe Teien, psychiatric survivor – Norway
Miriam Akhtar, Positive Psychology Training
Dr Alison Tierney, family carer, social anthropologist, member of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry and coordinator of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for prescribed drug dependence (PDD)
Dr Harriet Radermacher, Research and Evaluation Consultant, Melbourne, Australia
Dr Aida Moses, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist, North Bristol NHS Trust
Dr Chris Gillmore, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Jon Alderman, Mental Health Rehabilitation/Social Worker. Buchanan Rehabilitation Centre, Auckland, NZ
Malcolm Huxter, Mindfulness Consultant & Clinical Psychologist 
Dr Tina L Rochelle, Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong
Lanie Pianta 
Joanne Newman, lived experience educator, consultant & advocate
Dr Joan Beckwith, retired psychologist, social justice blogger, Australia
Daniela F. Sieff
Jennifer Maidman 
Dr Clare Jackson, University of York
Dr Kirsty Charlton, Highly Specialist Counselling Psychologist and Family Therapist. Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust 
Anneliese de Wet, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Paul French, Professor, Greater Manchester West & University of Liverpool
Neil Foulkes
Tim Grace, Cognitive therapist
Radoslaw Stupak, PhD Student, Psychology, Jagiellonian University
Pavan Brar, Seattle University
Renee LaPlume
Dr Lena Paul, Clinical Psychologist
Gini Witt. Psychologist and Coordinator of the Spiritual Emergence Network of Australia
Deborah Skinner, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Bob Johnson, Consultant  Psychiatrist, Isle of Wight,
Prof. Shula Ramon (University of Hertfordshire and Anglia Ruskin University)
Lucy Bright, Senior lecturer in social work at Lincoln University
Michael Murray, Professor & Head School of Psychology, Keele University
Catherine Jenkins, mental health service user
Dr Liza Monaghan, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Joint Clinical Practice Director, Sheffield DClinPsy programme.
Francesca Sawer, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Surrey
Mary Doyle, Psychotherapist in Private Practice
Gavin Lawton, Program Lead for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at The University of York.
Dr Estelle Rapsey, Clinical Psychologist
Iva Roberts, Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Dr Michelle Hopkins, Clinical Psychologist
Joachim Schnackenberg, Mental Health Nurse, Mental Health Social Worker
Emily Connolly, Assistant Psychologist
Dr Oliver Suendermann, Clinical Psychologist
Sarah Cross, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Leicester
Dr Karen Ryder, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Jo Statham, Clinical Psychologist, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Andrew Rayner, Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist (Chartered)
Suzanne Elliott, Clinical Psychologist, NHS
Michael Grisenthwaite, Community Mental Health Nurse, Leicestershire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Emma Hollingworth, Assistant Clinical Psychologist, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Lucy Shattock, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Manchester
Meryl Kilshaw, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Manchester
Dr Susan Odell, Clinical Psychologist
Ms Jean Stafford
Mental health PhD student
Bay Whitaker,Director, Sheffield Central Counselling
Jade Weightman, Assistant Psychologist
Emma Anderson, psychology PhD candidate, York St John University
Altaf Sumra, Trainee Clinical Psychology (MSc, BSc) at the University of Manchester
Ms Irene Lahde, Psychological wellbeing practitioner at Oxfordshire Mind
Gemma Knight, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Manchester
Dr Sarah Jones, Clinical Psychologist, Greater Manchester West NHS Trust
Barnaby Proctor, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Nottingham
Dr Lara Bennett, University of Manchester
Dr Jacaui O’Riordan, University College Cork, Ireland
Kerry Davies, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, The University of Nottingham  
Dr Geoffrey Baruch, Director, Brandon Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy for Young People
Gemma O'Sullivan
Dr Maria Jarman, Clinical Psychologist, Sheffield
Dr Philip Brown, Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Preston
Rowland Urey
Dr Paul Bayliss, Clinical Psychologist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Carly Porter, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Manchester
Kate Ward, Trainee Clinical Psychologist,  The University of Manchester
Adele Phillips, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Birmingham 
Laura Wainwright, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, The University of Manchester
Dr Sarah Bradley, Senior Clinical Psychologist
Rowland Urey, Expert by Experience. 
Angela Smith
Ruth Barrett-Naylor, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Nottingham
Paul Earnshaw
Dr Michaela Edwards, Lancaster University
Denisha Makwana, Assistant Psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS trust.
David Smith, Counselling Psychologist, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Dr Christian Ainsley, Specialist Clinical Psychologist, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
Phoebe Horrocks, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Surrey
Brenda Roche, Counsellor, Cork Ireland,
Imogen Aylen, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Dr Gabrielle Farran, Clinical Psychologist
Paul Barker, Senior Community Mental Health Nurse
Grant Weselby, Clinical Psychologist
Katy Lobley, Clinical Psychologist
Cailzie Dunn, Clinical Psychologist, Central Shropshire Community Mental Health Service, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Dr Sara O’Curry, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Petrina Cox, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Manchester
Naomi Manuel, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Cardiff University.
Stephen Banks, Psychosynthesis Counsellor.
Lynne Elliott, Approved Mental Health Professional
Richard Curen, Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist
Melanie Parkins, Psychologist in Clinical Training, University of Leeds
Dr Irmgard Tischner, Senior Lecturer, UWE, UK
Sebastian Bock, University of Twente
Rebecca Forrester, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Liverpool
Peter Cummins, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Jo Sutherland, Social Worker, AMHP and AMHP Lead, Wolverhampton
Jon Parish, Psychologist, Orchard House Family Assessment Centre
Diana Mitchell, psychotherapist
Dr Lorna Christoforou-Hazelwood, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Norwich Community Health and Care NHS Trust
Dr Alison Mulligan, HPC registered Clinical Psychologist, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
Margaret Dunn , clinical psychologist NHS lothian
Dr Farhana Patel, Clinical Psychologist
Peter Barham, Psychologist & social historian
Dr Joanna Ward-Brown, Inpatient and CMHT Clinical Psychologist, Greater Manchester West NHS Trust
Michael Corcoran, Social Worker/ AMHP, London Borough of Southwark.
Ann Scott, Senior Member, British Psychotherapy Foundation; Trustee, ISPS UK; Editor-in-Chief, British Journal of Psychotherapy
Ed Lord, Mental Health Nurse, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
Pat Twomey, School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork.
Dr Alexis Berry, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Mark Hardiman, Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Dr. Andrew R Thompson, Reader in Clinical Psychology, University Of Sheffield
Dr Nici Long, Consultant Counselling Psychologist, Agents of Change (North) CIC
Graham Luetchford, Social Worker/Approved Mental Health Professional
Jo Hemmingfield, British Psychological Society, DCP England lead for Experts by Experience
Rachael Oldfield, Trainee Psychotherapist, Metanoia Institute
Richard Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham Medical School, (co-author of The Spirit Level)
Kathryn A. Moon, Client-Centered Therapist and Consultant, Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Debbie Tombs, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Chris Salway, consultant psychiatrist, Somerset.
Dr Sundeep Sembi, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist
Phillip Birch, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, East London NHS Foundation Trust 
Jill Hemmington, Senior Lecturer
Mike MacDonagh, Mental health social worker / AMHP Wiltshire
Rachael Peacock, Trainee Person-centred Psychotherapist.
Kate Allsopp, University of Liverpool
Sal Ball, Independent mental health worker with personal lifelong experience of emotional distress
Linda Shuttleworth, Clinical Psychologist, CWP NHS Foundation Trust.
Oliver Tooze, Clinical Psychologist
Alison Harris, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Greater Manchester West Mental Health Trust
Dr Jo Scordellis, Clincial Psychologist
Ronny Swain, Senior Lecturer (retired) in Applied Psychology, National University of Ireland, Cork.
Beatriz Pérez Pérez
A.E. Plumb (mental health system survivor).
Noreen O Mahony, College Language Teacher, University College, Cork, Ireland
Amy Brogan, Clinical psychologist, HSE, Ireland. 
Rachel Preston, Eden Locality GP Lead
Dr Farjana Nasrin
Clinical Psychologist
Zoe Wybrant
Phil Myers, Family Therapist, Tower Hamlets CAMHS
Dr. Tom Mountjoy, Clinical Psychologist
Nathan Shearman, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Sheffield
Alison Butterfield,  Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, Tower Hamlets.
Kim Bowen-Jones, Clinical Psychologist Cornwall Foundation NHS Trust
Dani Harker, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Leicester
Katie Carpenter, Trainee Clinical Psychologist.
Pippa Jones, Founder of The Bliss Group
Mr Dominic Pearson, Chair, Soteria Brighton
Ann Marie Taylor, Psychologist
Philip Hickey, Retired Psychologist, Colorado, USA
Dr Jenna Williams, Clinical Psychologist
Samantha Bull, Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Dr Gemma Webb, Clinical Psychologist
Lorraine Craig, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Leicester
Mark Mordak, trainee clinical psychologist, Canterbury Christ Church University
Sally Robbins, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Clarendon Practice, Coventry
Viv Gordon, Artistic Director, Mean Feet Dance, Dance, Mental Health and Wellbeing specialist
Sophie Allan, Assistant Psychologist, East London Foundation Trust.
M. Fiaz, Social Worker/AMHP, Bradford District Care Trust
Fiona Broderick, Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
James Macdonald, Recovery support Worker
Emma Britneff, Assistant Trial Manager, King’s College London
Dr Jenna Mckeown, Clinical Psychologist, Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Geraldine Sheedy, University College Cork, Ireland
Dr. Jennie Robertson, Clinical Psychologist
Neil Loffhagen, Person-Centred / Focusing-Oriented therapist and counsellor, Berkshire
Nyla Mehdi, Trainee Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology, NHS GG&C
Mrs Mary McGillycuddy
Anupama Shekhar
 Title:  Clinical Psychologist
Organization: NHS
Hazel Evans, Community Mental Health Nurse 
Lydia Lighten 
Dr Frank Burbach, Clinical Psychologist, Somerset
Kate O'Leary Social Worker, Bradford
Dr. Sharen Hayre, Clinical Psychologist, Tower Hamlets Community Health Team
Pr.Frederico Pereira, Psychoanalysis, former president of the Portuguese psychoanalytic Society, former Rector of the Psichology university institute( Lisbon)
Nick Dixon, Mental Health Commissioning Manager, Stockport MBC
Dr Colin Byfleet, concerned professional
Dr Anna Redding, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Portsmouth NHS Trust
Lisa S Forestell, Statewide Development Coordinator, Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC), Somerville, MA, USA
Gavin Robinson
Dr Nicola Burns, 
Lecturer, Lancaster Medical School
Mish Loraine, Regional Co-ordinator North East together
Catherine Haigh, Chair, North East together
Dr Janet Rich, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Sussex Foundation Partnership NHS Trust
Annie McHugh, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of East London
Dr Ross White, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow
Tanya Kelly, Senior Clinical Psychologist
Robyn Wilkinson, Mental Health Social Worker, Wiltshire Council
Dr Alex Barrow, Clinical Psychologist & CAT Practitioner, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Kirsty Casey, Mental Health Support Worker, Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Clare Jackson, Clinical Psychologist, North East Edinburgh Community Mental Health Team
Peter Thompson, Integrative Psychotherapist 
Bindi Gauntlett, Human Givens Psychotherapist, at in8, Wiltshire
Trishna Patel, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of East London
Matthew Gieve, Social Researcher, The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations
Dr Lesley Glover, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychological Health & Wellbeing, University of Hull
Polly Trope artist & author of novel "Cured Meat (Memoirs of a Psychiatric Runaway)"
Dr Hamideh Heydari, Consultant Psychiatrist in Medical Psychotherapy, Clinical Lead & Head of Service
David Ford, Juggler and circus skills tutor
Dr Sobia Khan, Principal Clinical Psychologist
Barbara Malinen, Psychotherapist, supervisor and group facilitator. Edinburgh
Dr Julie Warburton
Consultant Clinical Psychologist – Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
Agnes Lambert, Student Nurse, Middlesex University
Roger Gordon, Mental Health Professional (Retired)
Steve Benson, Workforce Development Officer (Mental Health); AMHP; Visiting Lecturer in Mental Health Law, University of Bradford.
Merry Cross, Berkshire DPAC.
Inge Nieuwstraten, College Lecturer, School of Applied Psychology, UCC
Karen Thorpe, person who received a diagnosis of schizophrenia quite a while back
Andy Walker, Art Psychotherapist,
Dr Dina Poursanidou – Service User Researcher: Service User Research Enterprise, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
Grace Lee-Brindle, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Surrey
Kate Karban, Senior Lecturer in Social Work/MA Mental Health Programme Director, University of Bradford, and Executive member of the Social Work and Health Inequalities Network.
Dr Amanda Swales, Clinical Psychologist, Cwm Taff University Health Board
Anna Lipska
Vicki Roberts-Mogg, Early Help Key Worker
Stephen Novick, Psychiatrist, Wales.
Dr Hannah Duncan, Clinical Psychologist
Eoin Galavan, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Adult Mental Health, Health Service Executive, Ireland
Eoin Galavan, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Adult Mental Health, Health Service Executive, Ireland
Sarah Patrick, Senior Lecturer Mental Health Nursing, Leeds Beckett University
Penny Merrett, Counsellor, Sheffield IAPT
Suzanna Richardson, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Surrey
Dr J Soffe-Caswell, Clinical Psychologist, Midlands Psychology Group 
Judith Whitehead, Counsellor / Family Nurse
Dr Naomi Horton, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Clare Napier, Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust
Dr Felix Gradinger, Research Fellow, University of Exeter Medical School
Dr Nicola Lally, Senior Clinical Psychologist, HSE Republic of Ireland 
Amy Gulliver-Terry, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Surrey
Helen Warwick, Trainee Clinical Psychologist & CBT therapist
Richard Patterson, Survivor of Psychiatry, Peer Madvocate, Madactivist Alias 'A Bit Mad Ted', Critical Voices Network Ireland Group Administrator and Madproud Member of MindFreedom Ireland.
Nathan Dowling, Trainee Clinical Psychologist at UCL
Dr Jennifer Thompson, Clinical Psychologist, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health NHS Partnerships Trust
Lucy Nield, Trainee clinical psychologist
Arlene Vetere, professor of family therapy and systemic practice, VID Specialized University, Oslo, Norway; formerly professor of clinical psychology, Surrey University, UK.
Jeanie McIntee
Dr G Leigh Thorpe, NHS Clinical Psychologist working in community mental health.
Dr Elizabeth Hoult, Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London.
Dr Becky Watkins, Clinical Psychologist
Joao Botas, Chartered clinical psychologist
Patrick Landman, Psychiatrist ,Psychoanalyst ,Lawyer ,Paris France
Stephanie Minchin, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Hertfordshire
Dr. Joanne Green, Clinical Psychologist,  Early Intervention for Psychosis services, GMW NHS Trust.  
Dr Claire Barrett, Clinical Psychologist
Teresa McCullagh
Dr Steven Bush, Clinical Psychologist, Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Sean Spillane, Registered Mental Health Nurse, South Lee Mental Health Services, Cork, Ireland 
Dr Rachel Manser, Clinical Psychologist, Oxford
Dr Sarah Coles, Senior Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist. 
William Park , Adult Education Tutor
Dr Cathy English, Psychiatrist and Trustee of ISPS UK
Dr Hayley Bailey, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust
Charlotte Huggett, Link Worker and Research Assistant at Stockport and District Mind and Project Coordinator at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, University of Manchester. 
Jonny Brough, Counselling Psychologist
Louise Brookes, Trainee Integrative Psychotherapist, Newman University Birmingham 
Dr Nick Coates, Consultancy Director, C Space
Julie Smith, Hollows Prison substance misuse programe co-ordinater, Personal experience depression anxiety, emotional physical abuse survivor.
Samantha Hartley, Clinical Psychologist, Greater Manchester.
Joanna Dean, Service User & Carer Involvement (SUCI) Co-ordinator for Anglia Ruskin University.
Emma Wilson, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Kim Moore, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Jessica Lane, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Bella Jackson, Student Mental Health Nurse, King's College 
Dave Cooke Approved Mental Health Professional
Anne Felton, Assistant Professor, Mental Health Nursing, University of Nottingham
Karen Flowerdew, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Sarah Ginn, Private Counselling Therapist
Jane Bloom
Becky Whitfield, Principal Counselling Psychologist, East Sussex Early Intervention in Psychosis Service, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Deborah Gale.  Specialist Clinical Psychologist.  East and North Herts NHS Trust.
Claire Palmer, Counsellor, Starfish Health and Wellbeing
Caroline Leah, Lecturer, University of Manchester
Benna Waites, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dan Lynch, Deputy Support Manager, Care Assure Northampton
Tina Perry. Clinical Psychologist. Early Intervention in Psychosis. Pennine Care - North Division
Catherine Clarke   
Jenny Edwards CBE, Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation,
Dr Julie Gosling, Training Education & Research Lead, Making Waves Lived Experience Network
Theresa Smith. Mother of adult daughter given a diagnosis of 'Schizophrenia' 15 yrs ago. Also mental health worker for Mind in Bradford for 12yrs
Polly Pulford, Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Professor Carol Munn-Giddings, School of Education and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University
Dr Seb Viola, Specialist Registrar in General Adult Psychiatry, Bristol Trainee in Lacanian Psychoanalysis – CFAR, London
Richard J. Brown, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, University of Manchester
Andie Warner, counsellor Sheffield iapt
Ian Lord, social worker and AMHP in mental health services in Bradford
Leonie Fennell
Kerry Cope, Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Dr Susan Aylwin, University College, Cork
Maureen, bereaved mother
Dee Ohanlon – mental health social worker and approved mental health professional
Caroline Edmunds RN/RMN
Community Mental Health Nurse
Jamie Auld, Senior Lecturer Mental Health Nursing and Psychotherapy, University of Brighton
Jacquie Nicholson, Mental Health Advisor, University of Edinburgh
Dr Kathryn Walters, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Joint Professional Head of Psychology, Counselling and Arts Therapies
Anna Brand, clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, child psychiatry Stockholm
Cathy Mclellan, Trainee Clinical Psychologist.
Wendy Culleton, Approved Mental Health Professional / Social Worker, PIER (Psychosis Intervention Early Recovery) Team, Leicestershire
Rob Stacey, Social worker/AMHP
Rowan Llewellyn-Williams, Community Mental Health Nurse, NHS Orkney
Dr Annmarie Grealish, Lecturer in Mental Health, King’s College London
Valentina Short, Consultant Nurse, Adult Mental Health Services, Durham University Mental Health Research Group
David Powell, Independent Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Liverpool
Gail Stacey, AMHP / Social Worker
Ali Shnyien, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Surrey. 
Avraam Karagiannis, MBACP (Accred). Lecturer DipHE Counselling (children and young people).
Lewis Slade, Assistant Psychologist, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Tanya Smart:  family/systemic psychotherapist and Family Interventions tutor, NHS.
Helena Blowers
Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Exeter
Katie Melvin.
Dr Coleen Jones
Laurence Galloway
Lucinda Mawdsley - Assistant Psychologist, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.
Ben Potts, Environmental Scientist and Psychiatric Survivor
Emma McKenzie York St John University 
Dr Julia Edwards, Clinical Psychologist
Constance Perris, featured in Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive.
Juš Škraban, Student, Social and Cultural Psychiatry (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
Siobhan Dempsey Grange Cork Ireland
Lindsay Smith (Divisional Manager, Adult Mental Health) Halton Borough Council
Robert Searle. Trainee Clinical Psychologist. South Wales Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology.
Linda Eriksson, Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Ciara Keogh-Jennett, Clinical and Counselling Psychologist
Mary O' Reilly, Mental Health Activist, Member of Revision Liverpool, Member University of Liverpool DClin Psychology Programme Expert by Experience Group (LEXE)
Della Nicolle, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Cardiff University
Dr. John Hanna, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Catherine Jackson, PCCS Books
Dr Rebecca Coles-Gale, Senior Clinical Psychologist
Sue Kilminster, Lead for Health Professional Education Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health
Bob Birtwell, Co-leader of family interventions in psychosis courses, University of Surrey
Dr Alison Fell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Lauren Baldwin, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Teesside University
Marta Isibor, Psychology undergraduate and research assistant, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Mrs. Margaret Harrison
Dr Kev Harding, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
John Robinson
Martin Gaughan,, Lecturer Learning Disability and Children and Young People’s Mental Health (retired),
Dr Helen Reader, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Kevin Zdaniecki, Chartered Psychologist, Speaker, Writer (Independent)  
Dr Paul Miller, Consultant Psychiatrist / Psychogeriatrician
Louise Peters, Trainee Clinical Psychologist 
Iain Ferguson, Honorary Professor of Social Work and Social Policy, UWS (University of the West of Scotland) and co--founder, Social Work Action Network
Paula J. Caplan, Harvard University
Brenda Hammond, member of Hearing Voices USA Board
Bronwen Mary Williams, Independent social care coach / consultant
Dr Anne Crawford-Docherty, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Ruth Stewart, Facilitator, Wellness Foundation Programme. Dublin.
Matt Moran
Aggie Moorman, CBT Psychotherapist / Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. CAMHS Hove
Shirley McNicholas, Womens’ Lead and Team Manager, Drayton Park Women’s Crisis House and Resource Centre, Camden & Islington Foundation Trust
Alice Kent, Psychologist, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust  
Nick Horn, Clinical Psychologist
Claire Wolfenden, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Manchester
Kate Hill, Director, Portland Hearing Voices
Kerry Allanson, University of Newcastle
Dr Sara Anne Maclachlan, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, South Staffordshire and Shropshire’s NHS Foundation Healthcare NHS Trust
Aileen Lemoine, service user and a member of the Quiet Space group Liverpool affiliated to the Hearing Voices Network. 
Dr Michael Troup, Retired Geriatrician.
Neil S Chambers
Mr Martin Walsh
Aisleen Keena
Dr. Robina Böhnke, Chartered Counselling Psychologist, private practice in York, UK
Dr Matt Birks, Senior Lecturer Mental Health Nursing
Ann Taverner, (Counselling Psychologist in training)
Lee "Dizz" Hayward, Lead Coach England & Scotland, Save Our Soldier
Petra Litchfield

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  1. well done for this clear and much needed response. I was horrified at the angle of the programmes on the BBC this last week and I am very glad that some clinicians are confronting the BBC clearly and with authority.

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  2. I deeply support your letter to the BBC.
    I was upset by the programmes stance on medical intervention only. I am glad you and your colleagues are confronting the BBC with this.
    I would like to offer my services in any way I can. I am a mindfulness tutor (since 1989 before it got trendy :) )and a yoga teacher. I have a post grad degree from Stanford University and am well read in the field of trauma, PTSD and attachment disorder in adults.

    Due to several extremely challenging life traumas
    [see my website: HeartandMind.org under 'My own challenges']
    I have ended up working with a psychologist at our local CMHT. My GP tries to put me on anti depressants ( I am not depressed, I am traumatised) and although my psychologist says that the term 'mentally ill' doesn't really apply to me as I am responding quite normally considering what was done to me, I am labelled 'mentally ill' by the rest of CMHT. (I guess technically I am having trouble with my mental health due to the enormous knock-on effect of severe traumas.)
    Having lost the ability to work and also having been undiagnosed until recently with decade long severe ME/CFS and extreme iron deficiency, my life is one of immense struggle but I work hard at trying to understand what is going on for me. I never miss a therapy appointment. I try to do yoga and meditation, keep doing things that give pleasure and a sense of achievement - I try to battle on whilst invisible and voiceless. I would LOVE to stand up and say 'you think mentally ill people just have wonky brains full stop?
    *I* have a wonky brain from early trauma and early attachment disasters - but I work with my brain trying to heal it on a daily basis. Apparently people like me more commonly take drugs, drink, end up in prison, self harm, fail at relationships, are hospitalised. But I, when all else has fails me, I attend my therapy appointments (often therapy fails me too) and wonder why on earth I keep going with such a bleak future and in such crazy making pain. I live in a society that would label me a failure, yet I am more courageous than the character in the film 'The Revenant'. (I went to see that film and my husband remarked on Facebook that my comment was ' oh, he only got attacked by a bear and had to crawl for three months through the Canadian wilderness - what's the big deal.' Because from my point of view, that is just normal courage and what I go through is courage on a whole different scale. But I am labelled a failure.)
    I don't know if I will get 'healed'. But I have lived for years on the edge, where nothing seems to help but i try to keep going: reading, re adjusting,interacting, talking, looking out for new therapies (EMDR, neurofeedback, cranial sacral therapy).
    I have a family, kids, a social network, a semi professional choir I sing in, I sail oceans and organise great holidays for my friends and yet most people don't know anything of what is going on for me. I am not visibly disabled. I am not lauded for my courage and tenacity and determination. All those qualities are only seen by my husband, my kids, my few very close friends and my therapist. I will not win any awards for the battle I am fighting mores the pity ( I would love an award, some recognition of my courage) I will not even be known for it. I am just one of the many anonymous sufferers of immense trauma that try to live one small hour at a time.
    I would like you to speak for me. I applaud you for standing up and making it clear what was wrong about the programmes that the BBC did last week. I am not allowed a voice it seems. I have tried but I am too unimportant and insignificant to be heard.

    Also if there is any way you can find for my voice to be heard, I would be grateful - I need to encourage others to have hope when there is no reason to have hope, to fight another day when the future just seems to be more of the same, to reach out to people and not give up.
    yours most sincerely Sarah Lionheart

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    1. Thank you Sarah. For voicing my feelings. I know we are not alone. Love Freya

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    2. Thank you Sarah. For voicing my feelings. I know we are not alone. Love Freya

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  3. Spot on. You have my full support as a ''diagnosed'' Bipolar service user struggling to find available alternatives to medication, which have proven to be of no help at all.

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  4. Cibele Riccomini, Journalist, Bipolar & Peer Mentor Volunteer.

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  5. Brilliant letter. Just one small but significant detail.
    Could the line 'not simply in the brain', which has be used twice be adjusted to 'not in the brain. I'm unaware there is evidence that these states/experiences have any origin in the brain at all.

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  6. Keep up the good work. Let's gather together where all misrepresentation around emotional suffering and its origins exists.

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  8. Community Mental Health Nurse Older Adults: NHS, West Lancashire & Graduate Student, Technology Enhanced Learning, Lancaster University
    I will tweet and post on my blog also.
    Regards,
    h2cmng at yahoo.co.uk
    @h2cm

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  9. In total support of his letter. There is a growing body of us, both professionals and experiencers of trauma and 'mental health difficulties' that are seeking and finding other paradigms. I fortunately have found mentors with an attitude that promotes the transformative potential when turning and processing the root causes of mental health problems; trauma, both individual and collective.

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  10. I fully support the letter!

    Dave Spellman
    Father
    Consultant Clinical Psychologist

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  11. The media in Ireland also continue to misinform the public. The sale of psychotropic drugs continues to rise. People cannot find out the truth about prescription drugs because Big Pharma is in charge and is able to have a pill for every ill even if their pills are no better than placebo with serious adverse effects. People who are 'diagnosed' by psychiatrists are in danger of being harmed in the name of 'help'. Many end up with many more problems than they already had in the first place.
    The public now can become their own media and many you tube videos are much more interesting than documentary done by established media. If established media continue to deny those with a different point of view their authentic voices they are only putting a nail in their own coffin!
    www.mindfreedomireland.com

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  12. The media in Ireland also continue to misinform the public. The sale of psychotropic drugs continues to rise. People cannot find out the truth about prescription drugs because Big Pharma is in charge and is able to have a pill for every ill even if their pills are no better than placebo with serious adverse effects. People who are 'diagnosed' by psychiatrists are in danger of being harmed in the name of 'help'. Many end up with many more problems than they already had in the first place.
    The public now can become their own media and many you tube videos are much more interesting than documentary done by established media. If established media continue to deny those with a different point of view their authentic voices they are only putting a nail in their own coffin!
    www.mindfreedomireland.com

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    1. I am in complete support of this letter. It appears some corporate owned media tells a story that serves the interests of their allies within establishments such as pharmaceuticals and biomedical psychiatry. In the real world thousands of practitioners are standing up and ensuring their voices are being heard. Enough of this biomedical dogma! It doesn't represent what is really happening out there in the "front lines" where a growing number of practitioners (just look at that list!) are helping people who are deeply and adversely affected by such biomedical treatments. Freud, Jung, Adler, Bowlby, and all the many more founding members of TRUE psychology and psychotherapy would join this list without hesitation! Patrice Campion Psychotherapist & Research Psychologist

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  14. I have asked Merseycare Liverpool for psychological therapy for my son (Sam) many times and been refused. He is 27 now and has been diagnosed as 'schizophrenic' for 10 years. He hears multiple voices and will not talk about them. I know he is terrified of hurting me or his father with the things they say.
    Sam's uncle has psychosis and his great grandmother. Sam takes very little medication due to a heart defect and due to severe reactions to some of the anti-psycotic medications they have tried him on.
    You are citing references for what YOU believe in.
    What about the counter argument? What about people who go untreated and are so out of touch with reality they kill others, or hurt themselves? As a mother I just see the conflict between psychology and the psychiatrists who just want to medicate.
    You are leaving me confused and without help or hope for the future. TELL 'MERSEYCARE' not the BBC.

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    1. I agree
      Vourneli Glyka
      Person-centered Counselor
      Thessaloniki Greece
      vouglyka@gmail.com

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    2. I agree
      Vourneli Glyka
      Person-centered Counselor
      Thessaloniki Greece
      vouglyka@gmail.com

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  16. I am in full support of this. Thank you for representing so many of us!
    Dr Zoe Whitaker (clinical psychologist) - St Andrews Healthcare & Derby NHS Commissioning Differently Team.
    Z.whitaker@nhs.net
    Dr_zcw@yahoo.com

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  17. I agree.
    Sue Oldham
    Recovering from addiction, alcoholism and depression.

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  18. Please add my name to this letter

    Dr Charmian Round Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

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  19. I would like to add my signature to the letter. Although, for the sake of discussion I would say that there are studies that show that markers for inflammation and issues with the glutamatergic system are reasonable biological indicators for depression.

    Mark Pawlyszyn,
    Author of 'How To Be Happy No Matter How You Feel', due for publication May 2016,
    Diagnosed with OCD and depression and recovered from both without medication.

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  20. As a student mental health nurse, I'll admit I was slightly saddened to see how behind the BBC's understanding of mental health seems to be, having heard so many interesting cutting edge theories and treatments in my lectures.

    I was also hugely disappointed to hear people with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder described as being bipolar and, at one point, a person's job described as caring for "the mentally ill". An Oncology Nurse would never be described as caring for "the cancerous". People who experience mental health problems are people first.

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  21. We must increase understanding, not perpetuate misinformation and stigma. This letter is excellent, it intelligently and thoughtfully challenges the medical model narrative and introduces a richly textured accessible version of mental health and mental health difficulties. It is (I hope) from a naive position of limited understanding (or rushed planning?) that the BBC tried to present a mental health themed week. However, dragging public perception back to the medical model without regard for recovery and peer orientated approaches and specialist psychological interventions is pretty unhelpful, as it would have provided a platform to say 'Actually, this is what is needed! And here is where investment is needed, in fact it's not just recovery orientated treatments that should be increased and funded, it's the wider political landscape. Let's look at the sociopolitical factors influencing mental health difficulties!' Rather than suggesting as long as folk just quietly take their medication all will be well.
    Dare I suggest the BBC might have a vested interest in not shouting too loudly about politics? Imagine if they spoke honestly about the catastrophic effects of welfare reform on citizens mental health?
    This is a wonderful and necessary letter and I will be proud to have my name included.
    Many thanks
    Liz McGrady

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  22. Good letter: the only thing I miss is the micro-level socio-political (ie quality of relationship) and the relentless rise of authoritarian managerialism undermining good therapeutic relationships and therapeutic environments.

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  23. I add my name to this

    Rebecca Newman
    Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology

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  24. Fully agree with this letter. I believe the discourse around mental health needs to change and take into account people's personal and meaningful experiences, as well as the social and political context in which they live.

    Lauren Lovejoy
    MSc Foundation of Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton

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  25. I wholeheartedly agree with Professor Kinderman's letter. Overlooking people's lives experiences and endorsing the medical model does not serve to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, quite the contrary.
    Helen Moore

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  26. I wholeheartedly agree with Professor Kinderman's letter. Overlooking people's lives experiences and endorsing the medical model does not serve to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, quite the contrary.
    Helen Moore

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  27. Congratulations on a well expressed letter - I hope it makes a difference.
    Sheila Payne

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  28. I fully agree with Professor Kindermans letter. This did little to properly address the situation.I hope it makes a difference. Jeremy Davies, mental health nurse.

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  29. Congratulations on a masterful letter, combining breadth and specificity. It does continue to intrigue me how awkward and ill at ease the BBC seems to be about matters psychological. Announcers refer to 'psych-o-therapists' as if they have never heard the word in ordinary conversation. But perhaps they only reflect common public perceptions. Part of the problem is that welcome though they have been, recent campaigns like Time to Talk/We Need to Talk have been based on well-known individuals ‘coming out’ – Fry, Rub Wax, Campbell, etc. It raises the question of whether destigmatization works this way, or if a different kind of shift has to occur, as in attitudes towards homosexuality, which is no longer seen as alien or threatening. How did that work?

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  30. Readers might like to hear how these matters can be appropriately dealt with, as illustrated in this ABC Australia programme broadcast last weekend http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/open-dialogue/7174084

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  31. I support this letter.

    Netizen: http://sites.google.com/site/walterkeim/no

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  32. Hope this letter makes a difference. I'm tired of the same old hogwash being touted as fact.

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  33. I would rephrase this letter and send it to the DWP as any of you may be aware you have too prove you have a 'mental illness'to meet the criteria needed to enable any access or entitlement to benefits. Our whole society is sick with the medical model you can't challenge the BBCs biased outlook on mental health as that doesn't fit with how people need to present and be perceived by our government in order to have any chance of having the essential income needed to even travel to their non medical therapies. If they are lucky to have any available. As a mental health professional it goes against everything I believe to ask someone to focus on their daily struggles so they can get some income in order to survive to be able to promote wellbeing. Those without a medication regime are frowned upon by the likes of ATOS as how can you feel unwell and not be taking any medication? Must be made up then...can't be real.

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  34. Of course it is right to support this letter, but... in the face of blanket denial in all our institutions,infiltrated by corporate shills, is it not time to first open and keep open the Pandora box exposing the perverted practice and philosophy of modern, with profit 'medicine'.

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  35. I support this from an art psychodynamic psychotherapeutic approach. Neil Harrison trainee Art Psychotherapist, University of Derby

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  36. Litigate the chemical imbalance fraud as the scam it is and the doctors profiting from it as the criminals breaching the social contract against the public health and safety.

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  37. Litigate the chemical imbalance fraud as the scam it is and the doctors profiting from it as the criminals breaching the social contract against the public health and safety.

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  38. Where are all the mental health nurses' voices? On the whole, there seems to be a deafening silence around these issues. Why? As a trainee mental health nurse I find this frustrating and sad.

    I wholly support this letter,

    Bella Jackson, PGDip nursing student King's College London

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  39. As someone who has suffered with chronic/recurrent depression and tried numerous medications, none which helped for more than a few months (and had serious side effects ), I support this letter.

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  40. As someone who has suffered with chronic/recurrent depression and tried numerous medications, none which helped for more than a few months (and had serious side effects ), I support this letter.

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  41. I think it is important to make a clear separation between the psychological precursors and the psychological interventions proposed for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Leaving aside psychological precursors, it is worth looking at the psychological interventions that you mention in your letter.
    You say “Given the diversity of these needs, this care might include peer support, information, psychological therapy, or (where the person finds it helpful) medication. So to simply promote medication without also presenting other approaches (such as psychological therapy, as recommended by NICE) is biased and irresponsible”
    If we turn first to the empirical evidence on peer support for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, it is not positive. A recent meta-analysis found no evidence that peer support has a positive impact on hospitalisation, employment, or self-reported outcomes such as symptoms of mental health problems, quality of life, recovery, hope, empowerment or satisfaction with services http://bmcpsychiatry.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-244X-14-39 Although peer support is of course desirable, empirical evidence suggests it has little or no impact in the areas that we might hope and expect.
    If we turn to your reference of the NICE guide advocating CBT for schizophrenia and psychosis. This NICE guidance is now unacceptably outdated – their review and current recommendations cover studies published only up until 2008 – clearly in this instance, NICE are not meeting their own commitment to keeping guidelines current and evidence-based.
    In the case of the NICE guideline advocating psychological interventions for bipolar disorder, the evidence is very low quality and as with the NICE guidance on schizophrenia, has very recently been questioned https://theconversation.com/are-treatment-guidelines-on-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder-just-plain-wrong-54369

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  42. I too support the full thrust of the above letter. As a public broadcasting service the BBC must be aware that programmes of the this nature constitute significant mental health interventions and biased or unbalanced journalism, with celebrity endorsement could have a significant impact on public attitudes to mental health. Interventions of this type should not be taken lightly, and where significant concerns are raised it would, in my view, be unethical to proceed with the broadcast without addressing them.

    To respond to Mr Laws comment above - It is striking that the evidence presented is limited to a narrow academic frame, relying heavily on clinical constructs which are often not the focus of recovery for patients. Moreover there is no reference to the 'experience' of mental ill health, the wider social context or any evidence from other disciplines / frames of investigation - whilst dismissing guidance which does not corroborate Mr Law's opinions.

    If such an approach were taken by a documentary team interested in the experiences of those with mental health difficulties, it would be unsurprising if that raised significant concerns from people experiencing mental health difficulties and those working clinically with those people.

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    1. Dear Rohan, the outcomes in the references I cited are those used for example by NICE (as referenced in the above letter) when deciding what interventions to offer. Let's be clear, they are not my outcomes, but ironically, the outcomes chosen by those running the trials (including for example, Professor Kinderman and Professor Bentall)assessing psychological interventions like CBT for psychosis and bipolar disorder. I agree, the outcomes chosen by clinical psychologists are essentially those that conform to standard psychiatric models i.e. symptom reduction. So, perhaps more than a letter is required, but for clinical psychologists to adopt a true paradigm shift and stop being a 'psychiatry-lite' and move beyond symptom reduction as their chief outcome

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    2. Dear Keith,

      The point you make about the complexities of paradigm shift seems to me both valid and pertinent.

      It is a somewhat paradoxical position for many Clinical Psychologists that, in order to have clinical impact, we must work within the medical paradigm whilst simultaneously attempting to shift it. This inevitably leads to some contradictions and compromises*. The pragmatic truth is that a 'true paradigm shift' would leave us outside the institutions which we are trying to influence. The work of 'CBT' was to bring psychology into those institutions, from here one would hope that we can continue to nudge the paradigm to good effect (whilst despairing at the ecological invalidity of such measures).

      *CBT is an interesting case in point - it has been packaged as a single treatment for the benefits of the current funding and research agendas, rather in the model of a medication, but in fact it is very rarely so packaged in clinical practice.

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  43. I agree with the sentiments expressed in this letter of Peter Kinderman's. I suggest the BBC (and other radio and TV channels, as well as newspapers in Ireland and Great Britain) take up this suggestion as a matter of urgency. The circumstances and conditions for stress in the lives of all of us are not decreasing - they are increasing, so it behoves all of us to be aware and alert to the real causes of so-called "mental illness". We also need to be aware that the generally accepted (i.e. generally accepted by society at large) "expertise" of psychiatry and pharmaceutical companies is nothing more than an unscientific and hollow claim - it must be challenged. A great many of my colleagues, as well as users of the mental health services and professionals in the field have been challenging this power-based orthodoxy for years and even decades - but nothing has made much difference. Mainstream media is possibly the loudest voice in society - this is a very great opportunity for the BBC and Irish media. This needs to be given full voice, not just once but until the message starts to penetrate! Get to it BBC! Get to it RTE!
    - Frank McGuinness, currently retired but having spent 34 years working very closely with people suffering as a result of stressful circumstances in their lives, but who have suffered the double-whammy of having themselves labelled and medicalized by the body of professionals (thankfully not all professionals) who think they are the experts when it comes to classifying and "treating" the life experiences of others.

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  44. An excellent and important letter, which I wholeheartedly support.
    Amy Schofield (Clinical Psychologist)
    Clinical Lead of MAC-UK and Psychologist at the Brandon Centre, Camden.

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  45. Excellent letter. The mind and the brain are not the same. Read Dianetics.

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  46. Shocking to see how many psychologists are prepared to put their names to this letter. Anybody who actually develops a severe mental illness, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, would be fully entitled to a holistic assessment and management plan which would be ultimately the responsibility of a psychiatrist, not a psychologist, to devise. The psychiatrists I know are perfectly capable of incorporating psychosocial dimensions in their work. It is sad to see such anti-medical and anti-biological sentiment flourishing among people who are supposed to be our professional colleagues.

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  47. A review, if not scrutiny and overhaul of the assumptions of the psychiatry regime and psychiatrists in particular is long overdue. However, mental health needs to be framed beyond a perceived opposition of clinical psychologists vs psychiatry. There is no single approach that can monopolise mental health. The clients are the most important here, not the professionals fighting against each other. It is a matter, then, of professional ethics to be as inclusive in terms of service providers for mental health.

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  48. Wholeheartedly agree, paradigm shift needed.

    Dr Paul Burns, Clinical Psychologist, Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

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  50. I too believe the programming was biased, narrow and was a missed opportunity for a discussion about broader issues and contexts and as such was potentially damaging.

    Kirsten Iles, Early Interventions in Psychosis Practitioner, Peer Support Specialist, Family Interventions Practitioner and Peer Support Project Coordinator

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  51. Sarah Myers, PhD student in evolutionary anthropology at the University of Kent researching the links between perceptions of social and environmental risk and depression. I was shocked by the BBC's heavy focus on medication as the primary treatment option, and very much agree that a narrow 'medical' view of the causal factors does little to help reduce stigma or indeed give an accurate perspective of the current research.

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  52. This is a great initiative, so very much needed. Sweden would need psychologists and other professionals speaking up like this. But it's dead silent.

    Dunja Grisell
    Student and part of the so far very small critical psychiatry movement in Sweden

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  53. I am in full support of the letter, please add my name.
    Katherine Siu, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology

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  54. Please add my name in support of the letter.

    Ingrid Johanne Vaalund, translator, toxic psychiatry survivor and admin of the Norwegian Facebook group Erfaringsnettverket ("the experience network")

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  56. A valuable contribution on a topic I think is important for us all. I hope it adds to a broader discussion within society

    Brian Kiely (Dr), Clinical Psychologist & Psychotherapist

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  58. I completely agree - please add my name to the list.

    Dr Caroline Haig, Clinical Psychologist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

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  59. Please add my name too. I strongly agree with the points made in this letter.

    Tabitha Suzuma, Author, Teacher and Depressive

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  60. I find it insulting that 'service users' aren't given facts and are labelled based on the bias of their clinician (which in the UK will be a psychiatrist). The medical/environmental debate is complex but so are peoples lives and brains!!! Give us a say in the 'label' or not that is assigned to us and perhaps then a choice in what support we'd like to live our lives.
    A balance transparent TV programme would be appreciated by people like me who are despite having a mental health diagnosis like to consider all options and evidence available.

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  61. Please add my name:

    Dr Graham Jensch, Clinical Psychologist, West London Mental Health Trust

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  62. Could you please add my name

    Dr Joanna Omylinska-Thurston, Counselling Psychologist, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust

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  63. Please add my name. I feel really strongly that the continued de-emphasis on the social context to the sharp rise in mental health in recent years is abhorrent.

    Ben Amponsah Practicing Psychotherapist and Trainee Counselling Psychologist

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  64. Please add my name.

    Mental health is relational and contextual.

    Hugh Palmer, Systemic Psychotherapist, Pocklington, York

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  65. Please add my name.

    Sally Smith, Trainee Counselling Psychologist and Specialist Mental Health Mentor

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  67. Please add my name.

    Lizzie Thomas, Mental Health Nurse, AWP, Bristol

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  68. I'd like to add my name in support of this letter.

    Emily Jenkins, Psychologist in Clinical Training, University of Leeds.

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  69. Very well-articulated letter – thank you. The solidarity of so many signatures is incredibly life affirming. Please add my name to the list. Dr Nick Gore (Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow – University of Kent)

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  70. I'd like to add my name in support of this letter. And additionally extend the following comment.

    The EastEnders TV soap, as part of its self-proclaimed commitment to increase the awareness towards mental illness and management of mental illness, constantly shows the miracle of medication and disasters of stopping those pills.

    In bracket, the bipolar patient delivers her child at the Nativity performance, coincident with the birth of Jesus Christ, and her crisis episode is the delusion of her child being the son of god, the promised resurrection of Christ.

    That has been so dramatized that all the audience automatically reach to the conclusion that the real story of Jesus Christ had been actually the delusion of blessed virgin Mary in a bipolar episode.

    Among many examples of paranoia, (e.g., the mentally ill becomes deluded that she is Margaret Thatcher and gives birth to Tony Blair) BBC has decided to select such story to follow both duties of promoting its Satanist mission as the Anti-Christ and all paraphernalia of modern Satanism such as disease-mongering and medicalisation of population in face of social problems that we see in The EastEnders.

    Regretfully I have not seen even one case that people or learned people or assorted defenders of church or social justice notice such a sly scheme.

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  71. Dr. Roger Davies. Clinical Psychologist in CAMHS. I am in full support of this clear and accurate rejoinder to the BBC and the experts they currently use. Please add my name.

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  72. I very much support this letter and am concerned as a Chair of an Adult Safeguarding Board that the dominance of a medical genetic model can sometimes mitigate against people realising that their suffering is as a result of abuse and neglect, including institutional abuse earlier in their lives.

    Jonathan Phillips Chair Bradford Safeguarding Adults Board

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  74. Time to look at the whole picture. We need to take a stand against drug companies. They are poisoning people and selling lies to doctors. Its a nasty web. Selling SSRI medications as safe is criminal. One day we will look back at this and won't believe what we let happen. Drug companies are exactly like Hitler.

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  76. Please add my name:

    Louise Karagoz - Specialist Community Public Health Nurse student, Kings College London

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  78. Add my name, Peter.

    Brent Dean Robbins, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Psychology & HHS Department Chair
    Point Park University

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  79. I agree. Add my name, please.

    Lakshmi Premchand
    2nd Year Politics, Philosophy, Economics
    University of Essex

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  82. Supporting this letter. Has anything come of it? I haven't seen it if so. I'd like to raise more awareness of these concerns! I'm starting by teaching nurses medics and other professionals next week about alternatives to antipsychotics

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