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

New DVD helps mental health workers learn from patients and carers

Embargoed until 12 October 2009

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has produced a new training DVD for trainee psychiatrists, their trainers and other members of the multidisciplinary team.

Listening to Voices features service users and carers talking openly and honestly about their experiences of using mental health services. It travels 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 40-minute film can be paused at different points to allow for group discussion. It is accompanied by detailed training notes to explore and expand on key principles.

Deborah Hart, director of communications and policy at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “This DVD will give trainee psychiatrists, their trainers and other mental health professionals a valuable insight into mental health services from the perspectives of the people who use them.

“For many years, the College has been working with service users and carers to help improve the input of patients and carers to mental health services services. We believe this DVD goes some way to taking on board their views and concerns, and are sure this valuable new resource will be used extensively by trainers in psychiatry.”

The DVD was produced with funding from the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Images of Psychiatry campaign, which ran from 2006 to 2007.

For further information, please contact:
Sarah Nevins
Press & Social Media Officer
Telephone: 020 3701 2543
Claire McLoughlin
Media & Communications Manager 
Telephone: 020 3701 2544
Out of hours contact number: 07860 755896


Note to editors:

The Listening to Voices DVD is available from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and costs £5 (including p&p). Order from Leaflets Department, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 17 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PG. Email: Tel: 020 7235 2351 ext.159


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