The Use of ‘Antipsychotic’ Medication

Bristol LiNK (Local Involvement Network) recently ran a free event focusing on this issue. The key note speaker was Dr Joanna Moncrieff, Psychiatrist, University College London and author of ‘The Myth of the Chemical Cure’.

Other speakers included Clare Crestani (Mad Hatters of Bath) on ‘The Use and Misuse of Antipsychotics’, Alison Tierney on ‘A Carer’s Perspective’ and Lucy Johnstone, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, on ‘Psychological Effects and Meanings of Neuroleptics’.

These speakers were followed by workshops on ‘Older people’s treatment’, ‘Hearing Voices’, ‘Personal responsibility and the alternative to medication’ and ‘Dignity and Consent’. The day ended with questions to a panel including Clare, Lucy, Alison, Rachel Barclay (Two Way Street), Akady Missen and Don Swift (Hearing Voices).

Further information, including Joanna’s and Lucy’s PowerPoint presentations, and full notes from the day can be found on the Bristol LiNK website.

The British Psychological Society also produced a press release on the event, Taking antipsychotic drugs ‘can do more harm than good’.

This was a free event open to mental health professionals, students, people who use services and carers as well as others with an interest in the subject.

For more information please contact
Claire Littlejohn
Bristol LINk Development Worker
Telephone: 0117 9589325 / 07929030216