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Harry Potter captured the imagination of young people worldwide as he showed daily that “it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.’ (The Goblet of Fire). Perhaps, using the same mantra, we can turnaround the public health disaster of poor teen ment...

In June 1977, before entering university, I had an unlikely epiphany. My economics teacher Mr B, an ex army major, showed a film on socioeconomics which fired my imagination so much that, when I arrived at college a few months later, I changed my course from business s...

The sheer number of people living unsupported with some form of psychological or emotional pain suggests that the traditional laws of supply and demand are not working in the mental health arena. As we close on May, as Mental Health Awareness Month, it is important tha...

When we have the flu, a fever, or other physical ailment, or are diagnosed with a serious disease like cancer or diabetes, what do we do? Many seek immediate help from a physician or other specialty clinician, and many receive encouragement from family, friends, and em...

October 17, 2014

Technology has improved our ability to control many aspects of our lives — although, it’s done so more rapidly in some areas than others. So we can stream music and films where and when we choose and do our banking at three in the morning if we wish. Yet, when it comes...

August 7, 2014

The doctor-patient relationship lies at the heart of much Western thinking about health. But only a few centuries ago, most people in the UK never saw a doctor.

‘With significant advances in IT over the last decade the doctor-patient relationship has been disrupted’


Social media offers huge opportunities to help 'patients' become informed activists by emerging from behind the cloak of symptom and diagnosis, clutching the bottle of treatment, to become co-creators of our own health journeys. It does this by transforming the bases o...

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The magic wand of tech for teen wellbeing

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