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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.