‘CEP appointed as Secretariat for All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence’ [reblog]

‘CEP appointed as Secretariat for All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence’ on CEP UK website, 7 July 2015:

CEP-new-logo-PNG-2“The Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry has been appointed as the Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (APPG for PDD).

The APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence (PDD) will address the growing problem of dependency on prescribed medication. Increasing numbers of prescriptions for addictive, psychoactive drugs are being given to both adults and children, including benzodiazepines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants and painkillers. While these drugs may help some people in the short term, there is growing evidence that long-term use leads to worse outcomes, and many patients report devastating persistent withdrawal and other negative effects. The APPG will engage with this issue by demanding appropriate services for those affected, proper training for medical professionals, reduced prescribing through adherence to new and existing guidelines, better data regarding the prevalence of PDD and more research into long-term harms associated with PDD.

The APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence was launched at a meeting held in the House of Lords on 30 June 2015.  The APPG is chaired by Paul Flynn MP, with David Tredinnick MP, Lord Patel of Bradford, Baroness Mashem of Ilton and the Earl of Sandwich all elected as co-chairs.

The website for the APPG for PDD can be found at prescribeddrug.org”

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A life beyond my wildest dreams: From ‘Paranoid schizophrenia’ to the House of Commons. [reblog]

Race Reflections

This short talk/speech on mental health/employment was made by Yvonne Steward-Williams at The House of Commons; as part of the Paul Burstow MP parliamentary showcase reception on behalf of the Mental Illness and Employment Task and Finish Group: Addressing the serious health inequity of employment outcomes on Tuesday 13th January 2015.

Dear Supporter,

My name is Yvonne Stewart-Williams. I am a Lesbian, a Freemason, a British Quaker Overseer responsible for people’s pastoral care. I am a student studying with the Open University for a Combined Social Science degree. I am a Political Activist and ran for my local council in 2010, and again in 2014 and took part in hustings. I am a Gay Rights Campaigner and did my bit with Stonewall and other groups to secure the rights to equal marriage, I am a Mental Health Campaigner and Activist; I am also a mother.

My journey started twenty-two years ago…

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