Media coverage

Working with the media is one important way we can help promote public awareness and understanding of mental health issues. Here are just a few examples in recent months when our experts, service users or staff have featured in the media. You can see the coverage highlighted by clicking on the links. For media enquiries about our work contact the communications and media department

BBC Three - Ugly Me: My Life with Body Dysmophia

A documentary exploring body dysmorphic disorder, a condition which causes people to believe they are extremely ugly. The film follows 29-year-old Liane and her boyfriend Mitch over a year as Liane starts therapy to try and conquer this crippling condition. Each week Liane meets Professor David Veale, one of the world's leading experts on BDD, at Maudsley Hospital.

Sky News - Imperfect Me - the impact of Body Dysmophia

This video explains what it means to have body dysmophia. Hundreds of children are affected by body dysmorphic disorder, causing them to retreat from life because they think they're ugly.

May 2016

Daily MailWhat I’d never do…by Britain’s top female doctors

Leading female medics write in the Daily Mail about ‘golden health rules’ for a healthier lifestyle. Dr Jacqueline Phillips Owen, child and adolescent psychiatrist at SLaM, said she would choose a health system she trusts the most, which for her is the NHS.

Time Educational Supplement – ‘I felt angry…everyone said, you look disgusting’

This article explains more about Happy Being Me, a pilot scheme developed by staff SLaM to help school children address body issues. The programme is run in several schools in south east London by staff from CAMHS.

Daily TelegraphNorman Lamb: Why I am fighting for change

Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat MP, mental health campaigner and a former health minister talks about the devastating impact of mental illness on his family. His sister took her own life and his son suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He spoke to Professor Graham Thornicroft, chair of Maudsley International and SLaM consultant psychiatrist, who helped him develop his policy on mental health.

Health Service Journal  - Mental health trust begins services in Abu Dhabi

The HSJ reports on SLaM opening specialist services in Abu Dhabi. The scheme is the first time the trust has run a service with clinicians permanently based abroad. The team provides child and adolescent services with specialisms in autism, OCD and eating disorders.

Nursing Times‘I think it is important to be open to learning from a variety of sources’

The Nursing Times runs a 60 second interview with Cheryl Kipping, a consultant nurse in dual diagnosis (coexisting mental health and substance misuse) at SLaM. She talks about why she wanted to become a nurse, what she would change in healthcare and how her proudest moment was inspiring others to champion high quality care for people who have a dual diagnosis.

Bromley Times‘Outstanding’ museum makes final five for museum of the year

Bethlem Museum of the Mind has been shortlisted for the Art Fund prize for Museum of the Year 2016. The Bromley Times includes a quote from museum director Victoria Northwood, who said it had been a ‘magnificent year for the museum’.


April 2016

On April 28 and 29 a large number of national media outlets ran stories on Bethlem Museum of the Mind being shortlisted for the Art Find prize. The pioneering new museum at Bethlem Royal Hospital is one of five finalists competing for the prize. The news was first announced on the Radio 2 Arts Show with Jonathan Ross on April 28 (listen at 1hr 10mins) and the following day appeared in many publications, including:

Guardian – Bethlem Museum of the Mind on shortlist for museum of year award

News Shopper – Bethlem Museum of the Mind shortlisted for museum of the year award

BBC - £100 prize for museum of the year

Londonist – Two London museums in David vs Goliath fight for prize – Tough competition as shortlist of top museums announced

Guardian – Emporiums of inspiration


Other coverage:

Evening StandardSmartphone app to help Londoners cope with paranoia

The Evening Standard covers a story on a new smartphone app that helps people deal with anxiety and paranoia. SlowMo was developed by psychologists at SLaM and King’s College London and led by Professor Philippa Garety. The app helps people visualise troubles using on-screen thought bubbles and slows thinking down to ease distress. 

British Medical Journal – Healthcare services in police custody in England and Wales

The British Medical Journal writes about healthcare services in police custody in England and Wales, reporting on the recent government u turn which ‘leaves police healthcare adrift from the NHS’. The authors include Andrew Forrester, consultant in forensic psychiatry and Lucia Valmaggia, senior lecturer in clinical psychology at SLaM.

Bromley Times – Illusion and reality set to meet ‘cathartic’ new art exhibition

The Bromley Times reports on a former Bethlem Royal Hospital patient who is now exhibiting his work. Artist George Harding has created ‘Mirror’ – an exhibition of oil paintings exploring illusion and reality – which is currently on at Ripley Arts Centre. Beth Elliott, head of Bethlem Gallery, is also quoted in the article.

March 2016

Guardian – How social workers and carers can make foster placements more stable

This feature is co-authored by Partha Banerjea, a lead clinical at SLaM and a consultant adolescent psychiatrist at Southwark CAMHS. The feature focuses on the important of multidisciplinary work and how teams at SLaM and King’s College London work together to secure successful foster placements.

Health Service Journal  - Top chief executives 2016

Dr Matthew Patrick, our chief executive, appears in the HSJ’s top chief executives list for 2016. The journal writes that he is ‘value driven’ and ‘has impressed many with his calm thoughtfulness’.

The Observer/Guardian – The ugly truth about body dysmorphia

This Sunday feature focuses Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and the services we provide in CAMHS to treat young people with the condition. The reporter, Eva Wiseman, interviews Bruce Clark and Laura Bowyer at the Michael Rutter Centre at Maudsley Hospital. She reports that the centre is the only clinic in the country to treat BDD in young people.

Several publications – Maudsley Child and Adolescent International (Abu Dhabi)

Maudsley Child and Adolescent International Abu Dhabi was set up in March. It is a joint venture between South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and MACANI Medical Center, based in Abu Dhabi. The service is delivered and managed by the trust, with a core team based in Abu Dhabi. The news was covered through a number of international sites including the Khaleej Times, Gulf News and UAE News, as well as receiving Arabic press coverage.

February 2016

London Live – Eating disorders, art and recovery

Sarah Carpenter, a former eating disorders patient at Maudsley Hospital speaks to London Live about her exhibition in our Long Gallery, called ‘Emerging’. Sarah talks about how she used her artwork as a tool for recovery and how it helps her cope with bulimia. Here is her blog

Nursing Standard – Tackling the impact of problem drinking

The Nursing Standard reports on how nurses are finding new ways to help patients escape the grip of ‘alcohol culture’. It refers to our successful King’s Health Partners pilot project which offers intensive support to patients at SLaM, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Kings College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts.

The GuardianThe secret occupational therapist’s diary: ‘A patient shows me magic tricks’

Caroline Hodge, a SLaM occupational therapist, writes a diary about a week at work. The Guardian writes: “Working on a mental health ward means assessments and meetings, but also making spag bol and playing football in the rain.”

Daily MirrorBoozy pensioners risk ‘alcoholic dementia’

Dr Tony Rao, consultant old age psychiatrist, talks to the Mirror about the growing problem of older adults drinking excessive alcohol on a regular basis. Dr Rao says alcohol-related memory problems are ‘grossly under-reported’ and often mistaken for Alzheimer’s Disease.

The TimesChances are your NHS psychologist is depressed too

Half of all NHS psychologists should be ‘on the couch’ themselves, according to a study that found high rates of depression in the profession. The Times reports on how leading organisations in the mental health field, including SLaM, have joined forces to try to improve the wellbeing and resilience of psychological staff.

January 2016

The GuardianIs mindfulness making us ill?

The Guardian reports on the popularity of mindfulness. Florian Ruths from SLaM, who has researched this area for 10 years, believes it is possible to teach yourself mindfulness through apps, books or online guides.

The GuardianNHS chief demands political consensus on funding elderly and social care

Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, calls for a new political consensus on paying for elderly and social care. The Guardian uses a photo of Mr Stevens, taken when he visited the Michael Rutter Centre earlier this year.

The SunHaving a baby made me psychotic

The Sun’s Fabulous magazine runs a story on Kathryn Grant, a former patient at our Mother and Baby Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital. Kathryn suffered from postpartum psychosis and praises the unit for helping her recover.



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