Stephanie Walsh

Senior First Opinion Vet, Rutland House Veterinary Hospital I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2004, and spent three and a half years in mixed practice before moving to small animal practice. I am now senior vet at a busy, multisite first opinion practice, involved in the British Veterinary Association as regional representative for the […]

Dr Rebecca Lawrence

Consultant psychiatrist and clinical director I have had a long career in psychiatry, which has been intertwined with my own mental health problems. The latter started relatively abruptly with a puerperal psychosis prior to my psychiatric training, and I have had many episodes over the years, involving hospitalisations and electroconvulsive therapy, as well as drug […]

Steve Carter MAVetMB CertVA MRCVS

Director, Priory Veterinary Surgeons Reigate, Surrey I can honestly say that my life has been enriched by the lessons I have learnt from having mental illness. The aspects of my character and the feelings that I have been made to confront and examine closely have made me a much better and a more grounded person. […]

Dr Susan Atcheson

‘My name is Susan, I am a senior GP and I have a history of depression.’ Dr Susan Atcheson is a senior GP and a member of the DSN committee. Read her story in GP View.

Dr Cathy Wield

Dr Cathy Wield successfully returned to work in emergency medicine in the UK after two bouts of major depression, which included hospital admissions and brain surgery. Cathy is passionate about speaking out and reducing the stigma around mental health and has written extensively about her experience of being a doctor with depression (her books are […]

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes is a consultant clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and supervisor currently working in independent practice in central London and leading a religious order as the newly elected Minister Provincial of the Anglican Franciscan Third Order. Five years after qualifying as a clinical psychologist, Jamie was diagnosed with Type 2 bipolar affective disorder after […]

Rob Pettitt

Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Orthopaedics, University of Liverpool My life ‘rapidly’ changed a few years ago when I had a serious mental illness. I say rapidly as it resulted from an elongated period of high stress at work and the breakup of my family life. I had always been a ‘get on with it’ […]

Malcom Kinnear

Malcolm Kinnear graduated in 1990, but had not completed his psychiatric training when he went on long-term sick leave with depression in 1997. He joined the Doctors’ Support Network in 1999 and became active in organising its Scottish activities from 2004 as his mental health very gradually improved. In 2009, he attempted to return to […]

David Bartram’s speech – House of Commons &me launch 31 January 2017

DB:   ‘No’, ‘Never’, ‘What, you?’, ‘We had no idea?’, ‘Why didn’t you say something?’ Just a few of the responses I received from friends, family and work colleagues when I explained to them why they hadn’t seen or heard from me for a while. I’d been in hospital following a suicide attempt. That admission to […]

Dr Caroline Reed O’Connor

Caroline is a senior trainee psychiatrist and psychotherapist working in South West London. She had recurrent episodes of depression throughout her twenties and when she experienced periods of high mood in her early thirties she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her mental illness hasn’t stopped her from getting her dream job and has fuelled her […]