Media coverage highlights for 2014:

December 2014

Guardian - Archive paints vivid picture of life for 19th-century mental health patients

Wellcome Library archive sheds new light on history of mental healthcare

The Guardian reports on a new online collection of documents which reveals the wide range of treatment given to patients in asylums in the 18th and 19th century, including Bethlem Royal Hospital, also known as Bedlam.

BBC Radio 4, All in the Mind - Perinatal obsessive compulsive disorder, mirror neurons and baby anxiety

Dr Fiona Challacombe from SLaM’s Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma is interviewed on Radio 4’s All in the Mind programme about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

BBC Radio 4, Woman’s Hour - Female hormones

Dr Michael Craig appears on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour as part of a special programme on female hormones.

Health Service Journal - Private healthcare spending rise

The HSJ reports on how foundation trusts have increased their spending on private healthcare providers by 25%, with SLaM spending the largest amount on non-NHS services in 2013/14, according to the publication. SLaM’s media team provided a response to the HSJ explaining the reasons behind these figures and provided context which included the work of our private overspill team.

Guardian Healthcare – How London is improving mental health crisis care

Dr Matthew Patrick writes about mental health crisis care in the Guardian.

BBC Radio 4 - Accidents and PTSD

Dr Nick Grey from SLaM’s Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma speaks about the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Nursing Times - Compassion in Practice Awards winners announced

The Nursing Times reports on the 2014 Compassion in Practice awards. One of the winners was Tracy Graham, ward manager at Ash Adolescent Unit in Staplehurst in Kent.

November 2014

BBC Radio Four - Attitudes to psychosis

SLaM’s consultant psychiatrist Dr Shubulade Smith discusses how our knowledge, attitudes and treatment of psychosis and schizophrenia have changed over the past decade.

Southwark News - Is it money that’s stopping reopening?

Tom White, SPAG spokesman on health, writes his thoughts about the closure of the Maudsley emergency clinic seven years ago.

Daily Mail, East Anglian Daily Times - Ebola response branded ‘woefully slow’ by nurse

William Pooley, part of the Kings Health Partners team working in West Africa that includes SLaM members and who himself contracted and fought off Ebola, has branded international response as ‘woefully slow.’

Southwark News – A&E ‘struggling to cope with mental health patients’

Amelia Burr writes about King’s College Hospital ‘not being well set up for the volume of patients with mental health needs’ after the closure of the Maudsley emergency clinic in 2007.

Mail on Sunday - Health anxiety in the Google age: 'By the time I was 15 I'd had brain tumours, cancer and countless diseases... or so I thought'

Dr David Veale, consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital in London and co-author of Overcoming Health Anxiety, explains the concept of health anxiety as writer Sophie Miskiw’s describes her experience with the condition.

The Lancet - Battle for the mind: World War 1 and the birth of military psychiatry

SLaM Professors Edgar Jones and Simon Wessely argue in the Lancet that the psychiatric history of World War 1 should be thought of as an opportunity for commemoration and in terms of its contemporary relevance—not as an opportunity for self-congratulation.

HSJ - BME Pioneers 2014

Sukhivinder Sandhu, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service manager at SLaM, was listed in HSJ’s BME Pioneers section this month. The judges described Sukhivinder as ‘a really good champion and a BME role model.’

Channel 4 News  - Britain's hidden alcoholics - not the young, but the old

Channel Four News produced a special report this month about the focus on younger people boozing masking a growing issue of older people who are being admitted to hospital with alcohol-related conditions. SLaM’s Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist Dr Tony Rao talks about his experience with service user Patricia in a candid and poignant interview.

Your Autism Magazine – Making sense of depression

Dr Dene Robertson, Dr Anastasios Galanopoulos, Debbie Spain and Dr Clodagh Murphy, all from SLaM’s Adult Autism and Behavioural Genetics Clinic, offer advice about the causes, symptoms and treatments for depression.

October 2014

ITV London Tonight – Creative Madness in Song

ITV London Tonight attends the final workshop of Creative Madness in Song, an innovative collaboration between SLaM and charity Song in the City which saw the experiences of mental health patients turned into song, performed by classically trained singers and pianists from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  
The London Tonight programme covered the final workshop before the performance took place at the ORTUS on Friday 31 October to a packed audience, where SLaM’s Dr Tom Werner was interviewed about the project.

The Independent - New copyright law brings millions of historic works back into public view

The Independent reports how millions of culturally valuable artistic works and historic documents – including a wide range of art created by people who worked and were treated at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, can be placed in the public domain for the first time today after a copyright relaxation.

London Evening Standard - Doctor leading Ebola fight: We need more NHS staff to help us

The Standard reports that Dr Oliver Johnson, programme director of King’s Sierra Leone Partnership, said more must be done to fight the disease, which has claimed the lives of almost 5,000 people. King’s Sierra Leone Partnership is supported by experts from King’s College London, King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas hospitals and South London and Maudsley NHS trust.

South London Press – Expert warning on the use of laxatives in aiding weight control

The local paper tells of SLaM’s Gladys Ellis, who heads up the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Unit, leading the campaign to stop the sales of laxatives to under-18s in the fight against eating disorders.

Health Service Journal - Call for London health commissioner 

The HSJ reports on how a health commissioner post should be created in London to coordinate the work of councils, clinical commissioning groups and Public Health England.  A panel of health experts including SLaM CEO Dr Matthew Patrick, headed by former health minister Lord Darzi, made this suggestion.

Nursing Times - Using the arts to reduce isolation in dementia

Co-written by SLaM’s Head of Arts Strategy Helen Shearn, this article states that people with dementia can often feel isolated and disconnected from the world. Access to the arts can give them a sense of inclusion and help staff to connect with patients.

The Mail on Sunday - The drug-free way to fight depression: New hope to the one in five people threatened by the illness

The article mentions that Dr Michael Craig, a gynaecologist and psychiatrist, has opened the first female hormone clinic at London’s Maudsley NHS psychiatric hospital with Dr Mike Marsh, a gynaecologist based at King’s College Hospital.

Dr Craig has published research saying Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) responds positively to the prescription of certain agents that suppress ovulation, such as oestrogen gel, patches and pills.

New Civil Engineer Magazine - ORTUS scoops big prize

The magazine details that the ORTUS won the prestigious 2014 British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) Building Project of the Year (up to £10 million). To date, ORTUS has scooped no fewer than six major awards, including a 2014 RIBA National prize. 

The Independent - The genetics of anorexia: can it be inherited?

Professor Janet Treasure, director of the Eating Disorders Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, contributed to an article looking at the launch of the largest-ever study of the genes underlying anorexia.

September 2014

Daily Mail Australia - Perth show forced to scrap a haunted house attraction based on the 'Bethlem Sanatorium' after a backlash from mental health groups

The Mail Australia reports that a million-dollar haunted house attraction at the Perth Royal Show based on Bethlem Hospital was forced into a last-minute name and theme change.

The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia confirmed the ‘Bethlem Sanatorium’ will be renamed as ‘Mayhem Manor’ and rather than feature actors playing the mentally ill patients, it will now offer ‘zombie contagion’.

Guardian - Alcohol-related mental health problems are a huge issue for older people

Tony Rao, a community psychiatrist at SLaM, talks to the Guardian about spending his days managing vulnerable older people who may be at risk of self-harm.

South London Press - Challenging the taboo of mental health

MP for Camberwell and Peckham Harriet Harman writes her regular column for the South London Press discussing mental health provision and the important work SLaM undertakes in the area.

August 2014

ITV - Secrets from the asylum

Actress Lesley Joseph visits Bethlem Royal Hospital as part of an ITV programme called Secrets from the Asylum. Her aunt was a patient here many years ago and she was filmed going through her records at the Archives and Museum at the hospital.

E-health insider - Revolutionising dementia research

SLaM is part of a partnership to ‘revolutionise’ dementia research, using non-identifiable patient data. E-health insider reports on the new initiative which involves researchers using NHS software to take information from patients’ records.

GuardianThe benefits of mindfulness

Dr Florian Ruths, a SLaM consultant psychiatrist, speaks to the Guardian about Mindfulness therapy; he talks about the benefits of therapies but also about the side effects on vulnerable people.

Mail on SundayHunt for ‘anorexia gene’

The Mail on Sunday reports on scientists calling for anorexia sufferers to join a ground-breaking study to find the genes that may cause the condition. The research is being carried by King’s College London and backed by Janet Treasure from the Eating Disorders Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital.  

BBCRobin Williams’ death has sparked wider debate

Professor Sir Simon Wessely from SLaM spoke on the BBC Today programme and on BBC Online about mental illness, he highlighted the fact that society found it ‘apparently acceptable’ that while with illnesses such as high blood pressure or cancer the vast majority of people were getting treatment, the equivalent for mental disorders was no higher than 40%.

Daily MailWoman tormented by body dysmorphia

Dr David Veale, a consultant psychiatrist at SLaM, was interviewed by the in connection with a story about a woman who suffered from crippling body dysmorphia. Dr Veale said that two out of three of all the patients who see him with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) since the rise of camera phones have a compulsion to take and post selfies on social media sites

July 2014

Daily TelegraphWhy do men take more drugs than women? (31 July)

Dr Jane Marshall, a consultant psychiatrist at SLaM, contributes to an article about the gender gap in drug taking, with more men taking illegal substances such as cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy  

ITV LondonHappy Heads come to south London (26 July)

The Happy Heads festival targeted teenagers and is dedicated to improving their mental health and wellbeing. The event was run in partnership with SLaM and Maudsley Learning.

The Guardian - Commander Christine Jones interview – I want people in crisis to go to hospital (23 July)

The Metropolitan Police lead on mental health, Commander Christine Jones, said London police have changed the way they work with vulnerable people. She referred to the new street triage project SLaM launched with the Met Police and NHS England.

Daily MailCannabis causes mental illness (16 July)

Professor Robin Murray, an honorary consultant psychiatrist at SLaM worked on an investigation which concluded that people who smoke cannabis are much more likely to experience paranoia than people who do not use the drug.

New ScientistHow magic mushrooms can induce a dreamlike state (14 July)

Neuroscientists have discovered exactly what magic mushrooms do to the brain. Adam Winstock, a SLaM psychiatrist claims the findings could have ‘genuine practical implications’.

London Live – What’s it like to suffer with a mental illness (8 July)

Nursing Times - Mental health workers to advise police (8 July)

BBC online – Mental health workers to help Met Police on call outs (8 July)

London Live, Nursing Times and BBC online reported on SLaM’s new street triage service which has been launched to help thousands of people with mental health problems who come into contact with the capital’s front line police officers every year.

TelegraphSimple blood tests could speed up Alzheimer’s diagnosis (8 July)

Channel 4New blood tests for dementia (8 July)

A simple blood test that can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s before recognisable symptoms appear could be available in two years. Professor Simon Lovestone, who was the director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health at SLaM, led the study which identified 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of the disease.

PA News - Designer vagina surgery a new trend among women (2 July)

PA Newswire ran a story on a new trend among women for ‘designer vagina’ surgery which was picked up by newspapers across the world. David Veale, a consultant psychiatrist at SLaM, talked about the research work he is doing on the subject which involves a growing number of women thinking their body parts are ‘abnormal’.

June 2014

Guardian - Channel 4’s Bedlam got people talking about mental illness (30 June)

SLaM’s medical director, Martin Baggaley, talks about the BAFTA award-winning documentary series Bedlam, and how it gave an accurate portrayal of mental health problems.

Channel 4 News - Helping mothers with postnatal psychosis (27 June)

Victoria McDonald reports on Healthwatch England’s special inquiry into unsafe discharge from NHS hospitals, nursing and care homes or secure institutions like prisons or mental health units. The Channi Kumar Mother and Baby Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital was cited as an example of best practice and there were interviews with staff and patients from the unit.

ITV London - A theatre experience created by people receiving and providing mental health care (26 June)

SLaM patients and staff worked with the Playing On theatre company to create a critically-acclaimed theatre experience, drawing together the stories of those receiving and providing mental health care. Hearing Things helped to bring the unheard voices of patients and mental health workers to theatre audiences across south London.

Time to Change - Bedlam BAFTA has catapulted mental illness into the spotlight (19 June)

Sarah Hall, communications and media manager at SLaM, writes a blog for Time to Change about Bedlam, the four-part documentary series that won a BAFTA television award in May, and writes about why this may have helped to make a difference to people living with a mental illness.

Lancet – The art of medicine (29 May)

Victoria Northwood from Archives and Museums at Bethlem Royal Hospital writes a piece in the Lancet about mental health, art and museums.

South London Press – BAFTA for Bedlam (22 May)

The newspaper reports on Bedlam winning a BAFTA television award. The four-part series we made with Channel 4 about SLaM patients and staff won the award for best documentary series.

SLaM partners with The Wave Project (23 April)

The Western Morning News reported that SLaM is partnering with The Wave Project, an initiative to help vulnerable children experience the exhilaration of surfing. The project will launch in June and will focus on adopted children living in South London.

SLaM nurse volunteering in Somaliland (9 April)

The Nursing Standard reports that SLaM nurse Mary-Jo Doyle has been training nurses in Somaliland since 2010. Mary-Jo is working through a partnership between King’s Health Partners and The Tropical Health and Education Trust. This partnership has supplied NHS nurses, midwives and doctors to Somaliland.

Matthew Patrick named as top chief executive (28 March)

The Health Service Journal reported that SLaM’s chief executive Matthew Patrick was named as one of the top 50 chief executives in the country. He is described as ‘using his clinical skills brilliantly as a leader’.  Matthew is seen as having made an impressive start at SLaM, a nationally and internationally recognised provider of mental health services and one of the organisations within King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

Art in the Asylum (1 March)

The Psychologist magazine publicised The Adamson Festival, an exhibition at Maudsley Hospital celebrating the life and work of  Edward Adamson (1911-1996), visionary pioneer of art as therapy and creator of the Adamson Collection.

'We compared wrist sized thighs while waiting to be weighed' (27 February)

A former anorexic tells her story and mentions our home-based treatment programme called the Maudsley Method, developed at Maudsley Hospital. This method trained doctors and therapists to teach family members of an
anorexic to oversee his or her daily food intake. The interview was published in the Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine.

Generation Stress: Scandal of our depressed kids as thousands of
under-10s are treated for mental health problems (10 February) 

Thousands of children aged 10 and under are being treated for depression, stress and anxiety, according to an investigation by the Daily Mirror. The article mentioned South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust treating 814 children aged 10 and under last year.

The whiffs and butts of quitting fags (7 February)

Maudsley Hospital is recognised for having one of the best stop smoking services in the country. The story was picked up by the Islington Tribune and the Camden New Journal.

'How I made peace with my mind' (19 January)

Author Julie Myerson explores how she came to terms with her anxiety anf how she realised that she need help. Julie acknowledged that she's been anxious since childhood, despite generally being a happy person, but it was her husband that supported her to seek help. Referred by her GP for a course of CBT at the Maudsley Hospital, the treatment changed her life. East Anglian Times.





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