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The BPS communications team builds the profile of psychology and psychologists by connecting the media with our expert members from all areas of the society.

Media highlights

The communications team works with our members and the media to ensure expert psychological comment is present in stories on a wide range of topics. You can see a selection of recent media highlights and work by our members below.

If you're interested in working with the media, or need some help or advice, please contact the communications team.

The true story behind Channel 4's new crime drama

The BPS is mentioned by the Independent in a feature looking at the story behind the new Channel 4 crime drama Deceit.

The rise of post-pandemic anxiety

Chartered member Dr Audrey Tang is quoted by Cosmopolitan in a piece looking at post-pandemic anxiety, which a number of people are experiencing as life returns to something closer than normal.

The power of the Olympic games

The Independent features BPS member Dr Josephine Perry in an article looking at the Olympic games, and why people get so excited about it, following two weeks of sporting action in Tokyo.  Dr Perry also appeared on BBC Radio Leicester (2:40) to discuss the same topic.

What it's like having a daughter on Love Island

BPS member Jo Hemmings comments on a piece in the Telegraph (£) about the experiences of mothers whose daughters have appeared as contestants on Love Island.

Needle phobia and the Covid-19 vaccine

BPS member Robert Edelman is quoted by BBC News in a piece looking at how people with a phobia of needles are being helped to take the Covid-19 vaccine.

Government accused of burying report into Conversion Therapy

Dr Adam Jowett, chair of the BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section, is mentioned by BBC News as the author of a new report on Conversion Therapy that the government has been accused of burying.

The effect of music on athlete's performances

Costas Karageorghis, a BPS member, appeared on Radio 5 Live (56:25) discussing the effect music has on an athlete's performance.

Brits should avoid overseas holidays this year

BPS member Professor Stephen Reicher has suggested that people avoid having holidays abroad this year because of the ongoing risk posted by the Covid-19 pandemic, reports the Daily Mail.

Why the Euros increased Covid cases in men

Dr John Barry, chair of the Male Psychology Section, comments in a piece by BBC News looking at why differences in how men and women socialise, particularly around the Euro 2020 football tournament, may help to explain gender differences in rates of Covid-19.  BPS member Dr Sandy Wolfson also comments on the story.

Signs you need to prioritise your mental health

Chartered member Dr Jane McNeill contributes to a piece in the Independent looking at seven signs that you should prioritise your mental health, following Simone Biles' experience at the Olympics.

How to deal with pressure

Chartered member Dr Josephine Perry comments in a piece in The Times (£) looking at how top-level athletes are able to deal with high pressurised situations.

Dealing with the 'credit cringe'

Stylist magazine has a feature on 'credit cringe', with chartered member Dr Craig Knight explaining how people can keep their spending under control as more social events crop up.

'Pingdemic' is a distraction from real Covid issues

BPS member Professor Stephen Reicher writes for the Guardian on the debate around the number of people being 'pinged' by the NHS Covid-19 app, suggesting that it is a distraction from the number of virus cases being registered in the UK.

Employees' behaviour in the post-Covid age

The Financial Express mentions the BPS in a piece looking at how employee behaviour might change in the future because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the role that occupational psychologists have to play in making workplaces safe.

Providing psychological care for the TV and film industry

BPS member Charlotte Armitage, who is a member of the BPS Media Ethics Group, speaks to Techround about her work as a psychologist providing support to people in the television and film industry.

Record number of mothers compete for GB in Tokyo

Chartered member Dr Claire-Marie Roberts is quoted by iNews looking at a piece on the number of mothers competing for Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which officially begins tomorrow.

Self-care and post-Covid anxiety

Chartered member Dr Audrey Tang appeared on BBC Radio Leicester (2:48) to discuss how people can look after themselves if they're feeling anxious about the loosening of Covid-19 restrictions.

Self-care in a time of anxiety

Essex TV reports on Professor Simon du Plock's keynote speech at the DCoP annual conference last week, which highlighted the importance of self-care during such an uncertain period.

School weigh-ins could cause life-long issues

An opinion piece in the Mirror argues that weighing children in school does more harm than good and can create long-lasting issues for them around food. The article quotes the DECP on its opposition to the idea.

Why some people laugh at funerals

Chartered member Dr Abigael San speaks to the Mirror about why people's grief at a funeral might manifest itself through laughter.

Olympian now working to improve Tottenham's winning mentality

Yahoo News has a feature on BPS member Helen Richardson-Walsh, a gold medal winning Olympian and former hockey player who is now a sports psychologist working with Tottenham Hotspur's women's side.

New set of rules issued for Love Island

Chartered member and one of the specialists providing support to contestants on Love Island, Matthew Gould, has responded to a new set of guidelines for the programme issued by Ofcom, reports FM104.

Our relationship with money

BPS member Claudia Hammond appeared on the Channel 4 show Kathy Burke: Money Talks to discuss people's relationships with money, and how worrying can affect financial decision-making.

How England's success has gone beyond football

BPS member Professor Alex Haslam is quoted by i News in a long article looking at England's run to the final of Euro 2020 and the impact that it has had beyond the sport itself.

Complaints over Good Morning Britain interview

Following a testy interview on Good Morning Britain with Richard Madeley that received more than 140 complaints, BPS member Professor Susan Michie says she wants an apology from the TV show's producers, reports The Metro.

Government decision to scrap universal credit uplift criticised

The BPS' reaction to the government decision to phase out the £20 uplift to universal credit in the autumn is reported by i news.

 Psychologist keeping England’s squad happy, harmonious and fearless

As we get ready for tonight’s big football game between England and Denmark, The Telegraph reports how the appointment of BPS member Ian Mitchell, head of performance psychology, three years ago is surely one of the best of Gareth Southgate’s decisions.

Psychological impact of lockdown easing - from collective to personal responsibility 

DCP committee member Julia Faulconbridge spoke on BBC Radio Humberside (2:13) discussing the psychological impact of lockdown easing. 

One-third of UK children could need mental health support due to the pandemic

The website Education Business UK reports a survey presented at the BPS conference 2021, which showed that one in three children could need mental health support due to the pandemic. 

Better sleep can reduce feelings of depression, anxiety and stress

Research by Alex Scott, presented at the Division of Health Psychology's annual conference this week, is reported by The Times (£) in a piece looking at two separate studies related to sleep.

The psychology behind penalty shoot-outs

Division of Sport and Exercise member Dr Jamie Taylor is quoted in an article in the Lancashire Post, offering his expertise on the psychology behind penalty shoot-outs. 

Put children and families at the heart of the Covid-19 recovery

The BPS is one of the signatories of a letter published in The Telegraph, calling for children and families to be at the heart of the Covid-19 recovery. 

How music can help our mental health

I News has a feature on the benefits of music for mental health and relieving anxiety, with BPS member Dr Victoria Tischler quoted.

Is it better to live alone?

Chartered member Katy James comments on a Metro article looking at whether it is better for people's mental health to live on their own or with others.

Gaming addiction referrals triple over the last year

Chartered member Dr Linda Papadopoulos is quoted by the Guardian in an article looking at new figures, obtained by a freedom of information request, which suggest that referrals to the UK's first clinic specialising in gaming addiction have tripled over the last year.

How to build confidence in children

Chartered member Ian Robertson speaks to the Independent on how to build up the confidence of children, referring to his recently published book. 

Love Island overhauls duty of care with additional psychological support

Dr Matthew Gould, a chartered member, has been named as the new psychological advisor on Love Island when the show returns this summer, reports the Daily Mail. It comes as the show overhauls its duty of care after the suicides of two former contestants. 

Growing number of women sexually assaulted as they sleep

BPS member Dr Jessica Taylor is quoted in an article in the Guardian, highlighting the growing issue of women being sexually assaulted by their partners when asleep. 

Recovering from unsuccessful dating

Dr Audrey Tang comments in a Metro article discussing the emotional pain and ups and downs of unsuccessful dating.

What living in the countyside is really like

Dr Dan O’Hare, chartered member and co-chair of the DECP, spoke to The Daily Telegraph about the realities of living in the countryside.

New study looks at the rise in swearing among young people

BPS member Dr Richard Stephens comments on a new study, reported by The Times (£), which suggests nearly half of young people swear every day.

England's plan to make up for lost school time

Mexican publication La Nacion reports on the government's plan to help children 'catch up' on lost learning during the pandemic with reference to the BPS's call for there to be a focus on lost play time and socialisation.

Calls for a focus on staff support

The BPS is one of a number of healthcare organisations calling for a focus on better physical and emotional support for staff working in the NHS and social care, in both a statement and letter to The Times (£).

Concern over growing number of Welsh children in care

BPS member Mair Edwards is quoted by BBC News in a piece looking at the rising number of children and young people in Wales living in care.

The best way to start your morning

Chartered member and sleep expert Dr Lindsay Browning contributes to a Huffington Post article on what people can do to make sure they get their day off to the best possible start.

Why vegans may feel happier

Chartered member Kimberley Wilson is quoted by Stylist magazine explaining possible reasons behind the findings of a new study which suggests that vegans are happier than meat eaters.

We need to stop complimenting weight loss

Chartered member Rachel Evans is quoted by Vogue in a piece looking at society's attitudes to weight loss and how they can affect people with eating disorders.

Catch up plans not enough to support children's wellbeing

DECP co-chair Dr Dan O'Hare is quoted by the Independent on the government's proposals for children to 'catch up' academically and socially following the pandemic.

How to support someone with social anxiety at work

Chartered member Dr Courtney Raspin speaks to the Independent about why people have social anxiety at work and what we can do to help them, following tennis star Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from the French Open.

Making good decisions during uncertainty

BPS associate fellow Dr Emma Soane writes for Forbes on decision making, and how people can make better decisions even during uncertain times.

We shouldn't tolerate mental health waiting times

BPS member Professor Rory O'Connor appears on the Telegraph's Mad World podcast to discuss parity of esteem between physical and mental healthcare.

Self-isolation change 'too little, too late'

BPS member Professor Stephen Reicher is quoted by Bloomberg as describing the UK's plan to boost support for people having to self-isolate because of Covid-19 being 'too little' to have a real impact.

Has lockdown hit people's confidence?

Stylist magazine asks whether the isolation of being stuck at home during the pandemic has hit people's confidence, with chartered member Dr Meg Arroll quoted.

Why people might fear returning to the office

BPS member and occupational psychologist Janet Fraser is quoted by the Observer in a piece about the possible transition back from to office working, why some people might be fearful of this and what we can do to help.  The piece also links to our guidance on Covid-related anxiety and distress in the workplace.

Simple exercises for reducing stress

Chartered member Carleen Saffrey is one of the experts quoted by Stylist magazine in a piece suggesting some simple exercises that people can do to help alleviate feelings of stress.

Screening and surveillance in occupational health

Resources from the BPS Psychological Testing Centre are referenced by Personnel Today in a feature on the role that screening and surveillance can play in occupational health.

Psychologist urges lockdown pause

BPS member, and member of the Scottish government's Covid-19 advisory group, Professor Stephen Reicher has urged political leaders to pause the exit from lockdown until the risk from the new variant of Covid-19 is better understood, reports The Times (£).

Hugging expert predicts wellbeing boost

Chartered member Dr Sandra Wheatley is quoted by the National as saying that hugging is vital to people's wellbeing, as lockdown restrictions are eased to allow some physical contact once again.

A guide to post-lockdown greetings

Chartered member Professor Lucy Yardley is quoted by the Guardian in a piece about today's easing of restrictions, and what kinds of greetings are appropriate in the post-lockdown world.

Psychologist scoops award for work to end honour-based abuse

Blog Preston reports that chartered member Dr Roxanne Khan from the University of Central Lancashire has won an award for her work with the victims of honour-based abuse and violence.

How to break up with someone properly

The Independent has a feature on how to end a relationship the 'right way', with quotes from chartered member Dr Clair Burley.

The psychology of paranormal beliefs

BPS fellow Professor Chris Fench appears on 'The Sacred Podcast' discussing scepticism and the psychology of paranormal beliefs.

The importance of hugging

Chartered member Dr Audrey Tang appeared on LBC Radio to discuss the emotional importance of hugging, after the announcement that it will be allowed from 17 May, with chartered member Dr Sandra Wheatley also speaking to LBC breakfast news about the announcement.

Accessing therapy during lockdown

The BPS's directories are referenced in a piece by the Independent on how people can access therapy during lockdown.

Concerns over conversion therapy ban

An article in the Telegraph (£) reports on concerns that banning conversion therapy could lead to some therapists being criminalised for treating gender dysphoria.  It includes a response from the BPS.

Vaccine patent issue could prolong pandemic

The Times (£) quotes BPS member Professor Stephen Reicher as describing the decision of vaccine manufacturers to not allow developing countries to copy their formulas as a 'vast scandal' that could prolong the pandemic across the world. Professor Reicher also appeared on BBC News to discuss the pandemic.

Parents struggling to access Long Covid support

BPS member Frances Simpson, who co-founded the support group Long Covid Kids, speaks to the Guardian about the lack of appropriate support available for the parents of children with Long Covid.

How to stop children fighting

BPS member Linda Blair writes in the Telegraph (£) on the best strategies for parents to use when their children won't stop fighting and squabbling with each other.

Using a psychologist is great for policy making

Jason Bohan, chair of the BPS Scotland Branch, writes for the Herald on the benefits of using psychologists to help develop public policy.

Why people feel anxious about returning to normal

Deutsche Welle speaks to Julia Faulconbridge, DCP executive member, about the upcoming easing of lockdown restrictions, and why some people are feeling anxious about things going back to normal.

Calls for more playtime for children

Co-chair of the DECP, Dr Melernie Meheux, is quoted by the Guardian in an article looking at the importance of play for children and the ongoing 'schoolification' of childhood.

Explaining conversion therapy

The BPS is one of a number of professional bodies whose opposition to conversion therapy is highlighted in a BBC News piece explaining the practice and the calls for it to be banned.

Scotland's pandemic

BPS member and social psychologist Professor Stephen Reicher is quoted by the Financial Times (£) in a feature looking at the Covid-19 pandemic's impact on Scotland and the future independence debate there.

Legislation must 'catch up' with the modern workplace

The BPS's contribution to a House of Lords' inquiry into the 'hybrid reality' of the modern workplace is quoted in a Personnel Today piece looking at the issue.

The benefits of taking therapy outdoors

The BPS's guidance on conducting therapy outdoors, issued during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, is referenced in a piece in the Guardian about the benefits of this approach.

Online therapy is 'the future'

The Telegraph (£) has a feature on the growing prominence of online therapy, which references the BPS's support for members offering their services virtually.

Signs you might be a pushy parent

Dr Melernie Meheux, co-chair of the DECP, is quoted by the Independent in a piece about pushy parents and the warning signs to watch out for.

The scourge of loneliness

Vivian Hill, chair of our Covid-19 isolation and confinement group, appeared on TalkRadio  (2-2:30pm, 24 mins) to discuss loneliness during the pandemic and its impact on the population.

Millions left feeling lonely

Vivian Hill, the chair of our Covid-19 isolation and confinement group, is quoted by the Guardian in a piece reacting to new data from the Office for National Statistics on loneliness in Britain.

Marking a year of Covid-19 restrictions

Chartered member Dr Audrey Tang spoke to the Independent on the one-year of anniversary of lockdown restrictions being introduced in the UK and the psychological impact of the milestone.

What is pandemic fatigue?

BPS member Julia Faulconbridge spoke to Vogue about the idea of 'pandemic fatigue', and how people can avoid feelings of frustration ahead of lockdown easing in the UK.

BPS Universal Credit response

Our disappointment at the Universal Credit uplift only being extended for a further six months was reported by the Mirror, the Daily Mail and Wales Online.

How to cope with lockdown easing

Chartered member Professor Ewan Gillon spoke to the Scotsman about how people can cope with feelings of anxiety around the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

Intensive care patients and recovery from delirium

Chartered member Dorothy Wade wrote an article for the Guardian on how Covid-19 patients who spent time in intensive care might be experiencing delirium, and how they can be helped on the path to recovery.

Covid trauma will lose intensive care staff

Chartered member Julie Highfield, who also represents the Intensive Care Society, is quoted by the Guardian in a piece looking at the traumatic experiences of intensive care staff during Covid-19.

The danger of the 'catch up' narrative

Comments by Dr Dan O'Hare, co-chair of our Division of Educational and Child Psychology, suggesting that the 'catch up narrative' surrounding children's return to school is damaging, were reported by BBC News, Sky News, the Telegraph (£) and the Independent among 180+ outlets.

Is 'pandemic burnout' on the increase?

BPS member Julia Faulconbridge spoke to the Guardian about the concept of 'pandemic burnout', and whether people are finding the latest Covid-19 lockdown harder to cope with.

How do I help my child if they are strugging?

During Children’s Mental Health Week ITV online published a news item and referenced the BPS public resources as a place to find help.

Scrapping universal credit uplift risks health of 'millions'

BBC News reported on a letter signed by a number of health organisations, including the BPS, which has been sent to the prime minister and warns of existing health inequalities being exacerbated if the £20 uplift to universal credit is scrapped. BPS member Julia Faulconbridge appeared on the BBC News channel to discuss the potential impact on children and families.

The importance of pandemic messaging

The BPS Covid-19 coordinating group's guidance on promoting hand-washing was referenced in an article by the Nursing Times on the wider impact of public messaging during the pandemic.

Tips for university students

Dr Carolyne Keenan offered a psychologist's view in a Telegraph (£) article for students who may be struggling with the uncertainty of attending university during Covid-19.

Parents left 'knackered and confused' by home schooling

Educational psychologist and co-chair of the DECP, Dr Dan O'Hare, contributed to a BBC News article on the struggles that some parents are facing when home schooling their children during lockdown.

Bending lockdown rules 'could be fatal'

Professor Susan Michie, a health psychologist at University College London, was quoted on the importance of adherence to lockdown restrictions by Press and Journal, as well as dozens of local outlets.

Social distancing is a group activity

US News reported on a piece of research from our British Journal of Psychology, which suggested that people are more likely to adhere to social distancing guidelines if their friends also do.

Lonely this Christmas

Our news release about a BPS poll, commissioned before Christmas, was reported three times by the Guardian (including an article in the print edition). One article reported the poll’s finding that 41 per cent of people were worried about close friends or relatives feeling lonely over the festive period. The second referenced the poll’s findings in an  article about the £7.5m funding boost to tackle pandemic loneliness in England.

Rise in antidepressant use

An enquiry looking for help with an article on the rise of the use of antidepressants and cuts to counselling services led to DCP chair Dr Esther Cohen-Tovée commenting in the Guardian, the Telegraph (£) and News 24 in France.

Staying in touch

Child psychologist Laverne Antrobus appeared on BBC News at Six to discuss ways that families can stay in touch despite rules preventing social contact during the pandemic.

Teenagers can 'catch' moods

Vivian Hill, chair of our Division of Educational and Child Psychology, was quoted by the Guardian and the Sun on new research suggesting that teenagers may be able to 'catch' moods from their peers.

Risk of post-vaccination 'wave of infections'

Social psychologist Professor Stephen Reicher spoke to The Times (£) about the possibility of people taking a more relaxed approach to Covid-19 restrictions before protection has fully kicked in.

Helping your child's mental health during lockdown

Educational psychologist Abigail Wright gives five tips to BBC Bitesize for parents to help protect their children's mental health during lockdown.

Lockdown could be fuelling children's eating disorders

Counselling psychologist Dr Joanna Silva spoke to the Telegraph (£) about fears that ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns are fuelling a rise in eating disorders among young people.

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