The newsletter is published twice a year, during spring and autumn.

The division welcomes articles of local interest relating to psychiatry. We encourage trainees to get involved as well as patients and carers. Submissions could be along the following lines:

  • Interest articles: Are you personally involved in any local work that you would like to increase awareness of? Is there a topic in mental health which you find interesting and would like to share with your colleagues? Do you have a personal experience within psychiatry you'd like to share?
  • Event articles: Would you like to share a review or feedback from a conference or other mental health related event that you've attended?
  • Opinion pieces & blog articles: Are there any issues in mental health that you are passionate about and wish to discuss with a wider audience?
  • Cultural contributions: This could be in the form of artwork, photography, poetry or an article relating to your insights, interpretations and observations of relevant popular culture, the arts and theatre.
  • Research & audits: Have you been involved in any innovative and noteworthy projects that you'd like to share with a wider audience?
  • Patient & carer reflections: This should be a few paragraphs detailing a patient or carer's journey - you may have a patient whose story you would encourage to share; or it could be a case study including a patient's perspective. Confidentiality and Data Protection would be need to be upheld.

You can contact the Editor, Dr Nilamadhab Kar via the Division office.

Instruction to authors

Please consider your articles to be as precise as possible. As a guideline, articles on interesting topics, research/audits, good practice and opinion pieces may be up to 1000-word limit which may include up to around five essential references. Articles on events or conferences should be within 500 words.

Please follow Instructions for Authors of BJPsych for reference style.

Authors must obtain written permission from the original publisher if they intend to use tables or figures from other sources, and due acknowledgement should be made in the legend.

Authors are expected to be aware of and comply with best practice in publication ethics. Please declare any conflict of interest related to the article.

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