Following the launch of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP) last year and the subsequent criticism of its position by prominent psychiatrists in the The Times and The Lancet Psychiatry, CEP responded by issuing a challenge to its critics to engage in an open, public debate on psychiatric drug harm.
I am therefore pleased to announce that Kings College London has agreed to host a Maudsley Debate starting at 17.30 on 13 May 2015 entitled: ‘This house believes that the long-term use of psychiatric medications is causing more harm than good’.
Speaking for the motion will be CEP members Prof Sami Timimi (consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, University of Lincoln) and Prof Peter Gøtzsche (director of The Nordic Cochrane Centre). Speaking against the motion will be Prof Allan Young (professor of mood disorders, King’s College London) and Mr John Crace (journalist at The Guardian). The debate will be chaired by Prof Til Wykes (professor of clinical psychology and rehabilitation, King’s College London).
The debate will be held at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at Denmark Hill Campus, London. Tickets are free but must be booked online in advance. There are limited numbers available so I encourage you to book as soon as possible.
Tickets can be booked here.
More information about the event can be found here.