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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Images of Psychiatry

Listening to voices - learning from patients and carers

This is a resource for trainee psychiatrists and their trainers, and other members of the multidisciplinary team.

The film takes you through the patients' and carers' journey - from first contact with psychiatric services to recovery and coping - with examples of people's personal experiences at each stage.

The film can be paused at different points to allow for group discussion and includes some key principles.

About the Images of Psychiatry campaign

Promoting understanding of mental health issues and psychiatry is a core element of the College’s public education responsibility.

The Images of Psychiatry campaign built on the successful work of the Partners in Care and Changing Minds campaigns to ensure that service user and carer issues, and the fight against stigma, continued to be priorities for the College. This three year campaign ran from 2006 to 2009.

The campaign took the message that psychiatry is a modern, exciting and challenging field of medicine to students and their teachers, both in schools and universities, and encouraged mature entrants to medical schools from amongst people with experience of mental health issues, for example through family experience, as a carer or as a mental health professional.

  • The bid process

As part of the Images of Psychiatry campaign, bids for funding of projects which supported the aims of the campaign were invited from the College Divisions. In total, 33 bids were received from across all the Divisions were received.

  • Campaign focus areas

Each project linked into one of the four main focus areas of the campaign. These areas were:

  • Users and carers: to develop mutual understanding and respect between users, carers and psychiatrists, and to promote involvement of users and carers in all aspects of mental health services, such as training and selection.
  • Perceptions of psychiatry: to clearly define the nature and role of modern psychiatry.
  • School curriculum: to raise the profile of mental health in schools, include education about mental health on the required curriculum and to provide information and continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers.
  • Undergraduate education: to develop web-based resources of good practice for undergraduate teaching of psychiatry and to promote psychiatry as a career.

September 2012

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