Around ten years ago I read Richard Bentall's book, 'Madness Explained'. His second book, published in 2009 is called 'Doctoring the Mind'. I have heard him lecturing and agree with most of his findings. The only area of concern I had, was with his research when he was describing his work with mothers and babies and their communication. He was not aware of the problem with front-facing pushchairs, so his research was flawed. Now it would have to include the ubiquitous use of mobile phones and tablets by toddlers and babies, as well as older children.
That was some years ago and I was interested to read an article by him last week. It comes in the form of an open letter to the actor and presenter, Stephen Fry, after his BBCTV programme on bi-polar disorder.
Open Letter about BBC Coverage of Mental Health
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.
please email Peter Kinderman at
with ‘BBC letter’ in the
subject heading, and your name, title and organization as
you would like to be represented. You can also leave
Why are these academics not listened to seriously? If they are not
listened to, there's no hope for the non-academic professionals such
as me and my colleagues. It is so frustrating with the unnecessary
suffering loss of life and tragic loss of life we have been witness to
over the last twenty years?
But then I read and listen with interest to the latest horror stories
about sugar. That's not news. Professor Yudkin wrote about the
dangers in 1972, 'Pure, White and Deadly', and was ridiculed.
To those of us questioning the food industry, Big Pharma and other
large, influential organisations. We must never give up, whoever we
are. If it can save one life, it will be worth doing.