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Katinka Blackford Newman
KATINKA

Katinka lost a year of her life to antidepressants and other depression medications


Katinka Blackford Newman

Katinka is a BBC trained documentary film-maker who lives in London. Her interest in this subject began in 2012 when she nearly lost her life because of an adverse reaction to an antidepressant. She was hospitalised and prescribed more drugs which made her extremely ill. 


After a year she was lucky to be taken off all the drugs and made a full recovery.


She researched the side effects of antidepressants and interviewed some of the world’s leading experts. Her best-selling book ‘The Pill That Steals Lives’ has been featured on Radio 5 Live, BBC London, Good Morning Britain, the Victoria Derbyshire Show and in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail and The British Journal of Psychiatry. 


In 2017 her research was made into a BBC Panorama programme  'A Prescription for Murder' which investigated whether an antidepressant could be the cause of one of the worst mass killings of this century.


She has written articles highlighting the risks of antidepressants including:


She has also made an 8-minute film about her story: A Family's Journey to Discover the Side Effects of Antidepressants

Dr Anne Guy
ANNE

Dr Anne Guy was Secretariat Coordinator for Beyond Pills All Party Parliamentary Group

Dr Anne Guy

Dr Anne Guy (PsychD) UKCP Reg is a psychotherapist in private practice in the UK, having previously worked as a university lecturer. 


She is:

  • the Prescribed Drug Dependence lead for the Beyond Pills Alliance and has been the secretariat co-ordinator for the Beyond Pills All-Party Parliamentary Group (previously for Prescribed Drug Dependence) when convened in the last three parliaments

  • a member of the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry

  • an associate member of the Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

  • lead editor for the “Guidance for Psychological Therapists: Enabling Conversations with Clients Taking or Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs” created in collaboration with leading UK therapy organisations and academics

  • has co-authored articles on patients’ and therapists’ experiences of psychiatric drug withdrawal, and reports for the APPG describing current and potential service models for supporting prescribed drug dependence in the UK

  • a founder member of the Lived and professional Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP) for Prescribed Drug Dependence, convened to connect people with relevant experience to NHS staff interested in understanding what patients need.


Prior to training as a therapist, Anne worked as a senior manager in financial services with a focus on process design and improvement.

Professor David Healy
DAVID

Professor Healy has written over 150 peer reviewed articles and 20 books on antidepressants

Professor David Healy

David Healy is a psychopharmacologist, psychiatrist, scientist and author. He is currently Professor of Psychiatry at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. He was previously a Professor at Cardiff and Bangor Universities in the UK. His main areas of research are the contribution of antidepressants to suicide, the conflict of interest between pharmaceutical companies and academic medicine, and the history of pharmacology. 


Healy has written more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, 200 other articles, and 20 books, including 'The Antidepressant Era', 'The Creation of Psychopharmacology', 'The Psychopharmacologists Volumes 1–3', 'Let Them Eat Prozac' and 'Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder'.


Healy has been involved as an expert witness in homicide and suicide trials involving psychotropic drugs, and has brought concerns about some medications to the attention of drug regulators. He has also said that pharmaceutical companies sell drugs by marketing diseases and co-opting academic opinion-leaders.


Linked to this, he set up RxISK.org, a prescription drug safety website to help people weigh the benefits and side effects of any prescription drug.


David's website: davidhealy.org

Sarah Culshaw
SARAH

Sarah's brother Jon killed himself days after taking citalopram

Sarah Culshaw

Sarah writes about her brother Jon’s passing in 2018 on the home page (see here) and it is for him and his memory that she wants to affect change and raise awareness about the dangers of antidepressants.


Jon was a highly regarded lawyer running the Asian office of a global law firm - he had just been promoted to Global Managing Partner and was due to return to the UK with this new position. 


Sarah was 30 minutes away from landing in Hong Kong to see Jon when she received the news that he had taken his own life a few days after starting the antidepressant citalopram. 


After two and a half years of healing, and grief and trauma therapy, Sarah is determined to help bring attention to the terrible potential dangers of antidepressants and how quickly tragedy can strike. She feels strongly that GPs need to have a far better understanding of what ‘akathisia’ (an adverse reaction to antidepressants) is and how it manifests. She also feels that GPs and psychiatrists have a duty to warn all patients when prescribing antidepressants about the potential risks. Sarah also feels that those who took their own life following an adverse drug reaction, ADR, should have their cause of death recorded as ADR and not suicide. How can it be suicide when one is not in their own mind?


Sarah runs her own company in the West End and lives in North London with her partner, two boys, dog and cat. She and Jon grew up in Lancashire with their loving parents and she studied psychology at Newcastle University.

Lily Whear
LILY

Lily is passionate about spreading awareness about the risks of antidepressants

Lily Whear

Lily has joined the team as Campaign Manager. She holds a degree in Chinese, History and Politics from Durham University, and a has a background in journalism and social action. As Editor-in-Chief of The Tab Durham, she grew the newspaper’s following by thousands through effective social media and fundraising campaigns, as well as building the team up to over thirty members from scratch and garnering international press attention. She has successfully managed many initiatives such as sports teams, charities, and volunteering groups, and looks forward to helping Antidepressant Risks develop even further as its Campaign Manager.

Professor Joanna Moncrieff
JOANNA

Professor Joanna Moncrieff

Joanna Moncrieff is a Professor of Critical and Social Psychiatry at University College London, and works as a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS in London. She researchers and writes about the over-use and misrepresentation of psychiatric drugs and about the history, politics and philosophy of psychiatry more generally. She has collaborated on government-funded research into how to help people stop antidepressants. She is a co-founder and Chair-person of the Critical Psychiatry Network. She is author of numerous scientific papers and several books about psychiatric drugs including A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs Second edition (PCCS Books, 2020), The Bitterest Pills: The Troubling Story of Antipsychotic Drugs (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and The Myth of the Chemical Cure (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Her website is joannamoncrieff.com, and her Twitter handle is @joannamoncrieff

Dr Chris van Tulleken
CHRIS

Dr Chris van Tulleken

Dr Chris van Tulleken is an infectious diseases doctor at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London. He trained at Oxford and has a PhD in molecular virology from University College London where he is an Associate Professor. With his identical twin brother Xand, who is also a doctor, Chris has hosted many television programmes including 'Operation Ouch', 'Medicine Men Go Wild', and 'Trust Me, I'm a Doctor' alongside Dr Michael Mosley.  In 2016, Chris featured in the BBC documentary ‘The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs’, where he took over part of a GP surgery to explore alternative treatments to prescription drugs. The two-part series was a response to the rising numbers of patients being prescribed drugs. Chris is also the author of 'Ultra-Processed People'.

Dr Mark Horowitz
MARK

Dr Mark Horowitz

Dr Mark Horowitz is a world-leading psychiatrist and Clinical Research Fellow in Psychiatry at North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) and an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at UCL. He manages a Psychotropic Drug Deprescribing Clinic at NELFT and holds a PhD in the neurobiology of depression and antidepressants from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King’s College London.

As an Associate Editor of the journal Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, he co-authored the Royal College of Psychiatry's guidance on ‘Stopping Antidepressants,’ which has influenced recent NICE guidelines on the safe tapering of psychiatric medications. His publications on safe tapering approaches have appeared in The Lancet Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry, and Schizophrenia Bulletin.

Dr Sami Timimi
SAMI

Dr Sami Timimi

Sami Timimi has been a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist since 1997 and is also an experienced Psychotherapist. He qualified as a doctor from Dundee University in 1988 and became a Member of the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1992, achieving Fellowship in 2012. He has been a Visiting Professor of Child Psychiatry and Mental Health Improvement at the University of Lincoln, UK, for many years.


Sami has published over 130 articles and a number of chapters on subjects including childhood, psychotherapy, behavioural disorders, and cross-cultural psychiatry. He has authored five books, including "Pathological Child Psychiatry and the Medicalization of Childhood," co-edited four books, such as "Liberatory Psychiatry: Philosophy, Politics and Mental Health" with Carl Cohen, and co-authored two others, including "The Myth of Autism: Medicalising Men’s and Boys’ Social and Emotional Competence" with Neil Gardiner and Brian McCabe. His latest book, "Insane Medicine: How the Mental Health Industry Creates Damaging Treatment Traps and How You Can Escape Them," is available in paperback, or serialised form on the Mad in America website.

Professor Peter Gøtzsche
PETER

Professor Peter Gøtzsche

Professor Peter Gøtzsche is a doctor and founder of the Institute for Scientific Freedom, a non-profit organisation that promotes evidence-based medicine and scientific integrity. He is also an expert witness in lawsuits against drug companies and health professionals.


Peter specialises in internal medicine and is a professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis. He also holds a Master of Science in biology and chemistry. With about 80 others, Peter started The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. Peter has published more than 70 papers in scientific journals such as The Lancet, JAMA, and the BMJ, and his scientific works have been cited over 15,000 times. Peter is also an author of several books on medicine, including ‘Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare’.

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