Living With Schizophrenia

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Ayahuasca:  Medicine or Myth?

Posted: Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic drug made from tree bark and originating from South America.  Claims are now being made about its use in treating mental health problems and we need to look carefully at whether there is any substance in these claims. In a long report on their news website on 16th January 2020 the […]

Shortage of Psychiatrists in the UK Gets Worse

Posted: Friday, November 22nd, 2019

A recent report from the British Royal College of Psychiatrists has revealed the true extent of the critical shortage of psychiatrists now affecting the Mental Health Service. Around one in ten of consultant psychiatrist posts in the UK are now unfilled, a rate which has doubled in the past six years. Yet we will all […]

No: Eating Broccoli Will Not Cure Schizophrenia

Eating Broccoli Will Not Cure Schizophrenia. Posted: Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

If the mainstream media are to be believed, scientists in the US have discovered a new miracle cure for schizophrenia: eating broccoli. That’s right; that innocuous looking green, stalked vegetable is apparently capable of curing schizophrenia without any nasty side effects according to a number of press articles that appeared in the US and the […]

Schizophrenia and Rough Sleeping: The Forgotten Crisis

Posted: Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

Public Health England, the government agency set up to protect and improve public health in the UK, announced recently that it would be providing £1.9 million in funding to research new ways in which health services can reach the homeless rough sleeping population. PHE has already shortlisted projects and will be announcing the five winning […]

Mental Health Act Review Ignores Carers and Relatives

Image: Ocskay Bence on Shutterstock Posted: Monday, August 19th, 2019

At the end of 2018 the long-awaited review into the Mental Health Act published its findings and it was very disappointing to see that carers and relatives had once again been left out of the government’s plans regarding the welfare of people with serious mental illness. Carers and relatives often carry a great responsibility for […]