Psychology's influence in the political world

A group of Society members has met Department of Health officers to discuss ways of working together.  The meeting was particularly interested in reaching out to socially excluded people and the psychologists have been asked to set out their ideas for collaboration and to highlight examples of current good practice.

This is just one example of the Society’s influence over public policy: you can find many more on a new page on this website: Psychology in the Political World.

There you will find links to the evidence the Society gave to the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press, as well as recommendations submitted by the Science Media Centre which we support.

The page also has details of a Westminster Hall debate called by Pat McFadden (Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East) on the prescription of Ritalin and other drugs to treat children diagnosed with behavioural disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Mr McFadden quoted the Society’s response to the forthcoming new edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V), where we expressed concern “that clients and the general public are negatively affected by the continued and continuous medicalisation of their natural and normal responses to their experiences”.

Elsewhere you will find details of the activity we undertook for World Mental Health Day 2011 and two recent written answers from Westminster that give useful information on mindfulness-based therapies and supporting children’s mental health.