Government and Politics

The government has been strongly criticised by the outgoing president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists for failing to prioritise mental health care in England.
A breakfast roundtable event at the House of Commons has called for greater public and professional awareness of the condition prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness.
As we await the counting of the votes in the elections to the European Parliament, Chartered Psychologist Dai Williams considers them as a learning opportunity for psychology:
A recent study has demonstrated the power of gentle persuasion when it comes to getting people to do what you want.
Mental health patients in England are being sent for treatment in NHS facilities up to hundreds of miles from home, BBC News reports. The number of patients travelling to seek emergency treatment has more than doubled in two years - from 1301 in 2011-12 to 3024 in 2013-14.
The 2015 conference website will go live soon, with details about the conference themes and keynote speakers. Submissions open on 8 August Here’s what previous delegates have said about our flagship event...
The British Psychological Society is holding a reception at the Scottish Parliament this evening (29 April 2014) to raise awareness of the increased risk of reoffending behaviour following injury to the head and brain.
How much money do you think you would have to make each year to land yourself in the infamous One Per Cent of salary earners?
The British Psychological Society's Behaviour Change Advisory Group (BCAG) works to provide expert advice on behaviour change in the context of public policy.
Children suffering a mental health crisis are frequently being forced into police custody rather than being accepted into 'safe havens' says an investigation by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Cutbacks in spending on mental health are ending up costing the NHS more in the long term, a new report from Rethink Mental Illness and the London School o
Protestors including writers and actors gathered outside Pentonville Prison in north London last week to campaign against new legislation that prevents people from sending books to those in jail.
Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume has criticised access to treatment for mental health issues in Scotland for being "riddled with inequalities and getting worse".
On World Health Day (7 April) the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) highlighted the role of behaviour in health.
The government is considering bringing in a new law that would make it a punishable offence for parents to inflict emotional cruelty upon their children.
The Crown Prosecution Service has announced that the first UK prosecutions are to take place over female genital mutilation (FGM) next month.
University of Glasgow (UoG) chair of health psychology Professor Rory O'Connor has been awarded status of Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS).
Richard Pemberton, chair of our Division of Clinical Psychology, is one of the signatories of a letter in this morning’s Guardian. 
Cutting the NHS budget allocated to early intervention schemes for young mental health patients is a false economy and could put lives at risk.
This morning the deputy prime minister launched the government’s new mental health action plan. Mental health: Priorities for Change sets out the top 25 areas where it wants to see immediate action to ensure equality for mental health and increase access to the best-possible support and treatment.
A 2007 Foresight Report famously warned that half of the British population could be obese by 2050 if the trend to eat too much and exercise too little continued.
Sentencing guidelines for serious crimes are to be revised for England and Wales during 2014.
The Society has contributed to two consultations issued by NICE recently.
Despite the government's decision earlier this year not to introduce plain cigarette packaging in the UK, a review has been launched that could see it brought in after all.
People whose working hours are not guaranteed each week may be happier than their counterparts on normal contracts, a new
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