CEPUK Launch in Westminster House.

Peter Gøtzsche
Peter Gøtzsche

Yesterday myself and Maria Bradshaw attended the launch of ‘The Council for Evidence Based Psychiatry’ in Westminster House. It was an absolute honour to be present at this ground-breaking initiative.

Despite a few hiccups, such as a delayed flight due to the fog in Gatwick, a very irate attendant at the ticket office, London’s tube strike and bloody Ryanair charging us an extra 140 pounds for printing 2 boarding cards; we finally made it to the launch, albeit 2 hours late and more than a little disheveled. Maria, being quite vain, wouldn’t let me take her picture as her hair wasn’t ‘quite right’ (in other words she looked decidedly frazzled). I on the other hand am used to some very dodgy photos, so had no such qualms – although the unsuspecting Peter Gøtzsche does look a little scared! Anyway back to the point:

The CEP’s mission is “To reduce psychiatric harm by communicating the latest evidence to policymakers and practitioners, by sharing the testimony of those who have been harmed, and by supporting research into areas where evidence is lacking”. Members of the CEP include psychiatrists, psychotherapists and academics. Among them are Peter Gøtzsche who co-founded the highly respected Cochrane Collaboration, James Davies, a psychotherapist, author and lecturer, and Dr. Joanna Moncrieff who is also a psychiatrist, author and Senior Lecturer in psychiatry at University College London.

In an earlier interview here, Peter was referring to the fact that prescription drugs are the 3rd leading cause of death in the western world, and said “I don’t know how people can kill so many patients in psychiatry and nobody does anything”. He estimated that Eli Lilly had caused 200,000 deaths with one drug alone; Zyprexa.

We got to meet many fabulous people yesterday, including Dr Andrew Herxheimer, Dr Bob Johnson, the Earl of Sandwich and his son Luke who organised the event, to name but a few. So despite all the hiccups and expense, it was worth every second to be present at the inception of this pioneering project. I have no doubt that the CEP will change the way people view medicine and prevent many, many deaths. It’s also great to see Professor David Healy’s work being backed up by other academics in this field.

Now Maria’s job, apart from finding a good hairdresser, is to persuade the CEP to come to Ireland! Find the CEP wesite here and their Twitter account here.

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11 thoughts on “CEPUK Launch in Westminster House.

    1. Did you really have lunch with the Earl of Sandwich? .. (sorry couldn’t resist that!).. In all seriousness, looks great and I look forward to hearing more of CEP!..


  1. Evidence Based. So That’s the euphemism they’re still hiding behind, is it?

    In the States at least, they can’t cure any of their own Opinions, but they won’t wear them themselves.

    Which happens to be prohibited by law.


    Amendment 14, US Constitution 1868

    Section. 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    They’re still sucking money out of the public trough to ‘Research’ brain chemical imbalances.


    They’re still sucking money out of the public trough investigating genetic predispositions and causes of why people think, and behave the way they do.


    I’d call that about All the evidence needed.



  2. Dear Leonie,

    I am heartened by your (and Maria’s) attendance at this very important inauguration. Very good work, may I add. I am excited to watch how this very good organisation develops and hopefully influences and inspires more than the general public, though also vital to include. I look forward to their research efforts, collaborations, and so forth.

    As you know, Leonie, I try to educate anyone and everyone who will listen, by sharing about the sudden death of my brother caused by sudden cardiac arrest as a complication of and response to NMS (neuroleptic malignant syndrome), and what I have learned along the way. What I have learned is nearly as tragic as having lost my brother. I am thinking you may agree. Aside from the political, I plan to contribute more towards educating and advocacy, including through a therapeutic lens.

    My previous post grad work on narrative psychology and discourse makes me want to say that words such as “Evidence based” and “psychiatry”, (unless preceded by words such as but not limited to, “there is no such thing as”), are a bit of a misnomer when they appear together uninterrupted like that.

    What evidence base?


    Ps your hair looks lovely!


  3. I think we could argue over the semantics of ‘evidence’ based psychiatry until the cows come home. The CEP has great people on board. That’s all that matters.


  4. No semantics. no argument. My point is misunderstood. What I said was, there is no evidence base in psychiatry…

    Of course they have good people on board, (hence my description, “very good organisation”).

    I celebrate their good work.


  5. Apologies, I must have misunderstood also. I agree, there is no evidence base in psychiatry so to speak, and I have been saying for years that it is the patients (service users) who are the only authority on their condition because it is they who have direct experience of it. ‘to know there, you have to go there’.


    1. Politics and Political Diseases.


      Mental Disorders in America

      “Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.1 When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people.2 Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion — about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 — who suffer from a serious mental illness.1 In addition, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada.3 Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for 2 or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity.1

      In the U.S., mental disorders are diagnosed based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV).4”

      This is the US Federal Dept of Political Diseases, the NIMH.

      26.2% IN ANY GIVEN YEAR.

      So if Everyone in America gets a ‘Mental Health’ checkup, in just 4 years, Everyone Except those applying for work as Police Officers (because they have to PASS as ‘Mentally Healthy’ in order to Get the job) become Incurably ‘Mentally Ill’.

      Then the Govt. through Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and his Eminence Emperor Obama will tell us All What to think and How to think, and which flavor of Psych Drug to Brain Damage ourselves with.

      And all of our Police Officers will be Exempt, as agents of ‘Change’.

      You had better believe it’s Political, and it is not only the purchasers of the coveted M.D. work license (from Pharma U.)

      Here’s 7 more violations of the 14th Amendment.


      And I will be Damned if I can find Any mention or reference in the Enumerated Powers Section of the US Constitution to it being the Federal Government’s business to run a Federal Dept of Correct Thinking.

      Sorry, but until and unless this Mob of Disease Mongerers are Forced into wearing their own Incurably Stinking Opinions with which they’re all making so much money sliming everyone else, the entire operation remains completely Off the Legal Reservation, to say nothing of the Scientific Reservation.

      Academic Charlatans and Moochers, the lot.

      [audio src="http://www.moviewavs.com/php/sounds/?id=bst&media=WAVS&type=Movies&movie=Ghostbusters&quote=results.txt&file=results.wav" /]


  6. CEP looks like one of the most important developments in the field of psychiatric medicine for many years. Reliable information from CEP must influence prescribers to save lives.


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