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
Copies of the DVD are available from the College for £5.00
Please contact Leaflets
Department, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21
Prescot Street, London E1 8BB, Tel: 020 3701 2552.
About the Images of Psychiatry campaign
Promoting understanding of mental health issues and psychiatry
is a core element of the College’s public education
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
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 from across all the
Divisions were received.
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 eduction 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.