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Communications

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

About

Whether you work in the media or you’re a member of the BPS, our friendly and dedicated communications team is here to provide the information you need. 

The BPS offices have now re-opened in line with government guidance, and our staff are working flexibly. Email is the quickest and easiest way to get in touch with a member of the team. Email us, or you can phone us on 0116 252 9500.

Media Guide to Expertise Register

Our Media Guide to Expertise register connects journalists looking for psychological expertise with BPS members who are willing to be contacted.

If you would like to add your name to the register, you’ll first need to apply.

The process only takes a few minutes, and we’ll contact you in due course once we have received your application.

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Working with the media

For members of the BPS, we’re committed to making sure that psychology is promoted and discussed in the media. If you would like to raise the profile of your specialism, need advice or wish to be added to our list of media psychologists - please contact us.

All psychologists working with the media should uphold our professional standards.

If you are likely to be doing regular work with the media and would like specific tips or training, please contact us

Media ethics

Documentaries about people with psychological conditions have done much to increase public understanding.

Production companies working with members of the public, particularly children or those who may be vulnerable due to a mental health issue, should take careful steps to ensure they meet safeguarding requirements.

From comments on behalf of the society to putting you in contact with a psychologist who has the information you need for a particular story, we’re here to help. We can also provide you with access to our guidelines for commissioners and producers on ethical psychology considerations. Our Media Ethics Group is here to support and advise on best practice. Feel free to get in touch with us.

Psychologists on television

Psychologists can be involved in television programmes in a number of different ways, both on and off camera.

By using psychologists who are members of the BPS, production companies can be assured the expert they are utilising has in-depth training and qualifications in psychology and has signed up to a set of Member Conduct Rules.

Our Media Database for journalists gives details on how to get in touch with more than 600 media-friendly psychologists.

Roles on TV for Psychologists

Whatever role the psychologist performs, the key is to involve them early in the process. Production companies who factor in ample time will most probably find the most appropriate psychologist.

Generating ideas

As the expert in their area, psychologists are in a position to offer the very latest insights and ideas. If they are approached early in the process (rather than when a programme has already been commissioned or is in production) they may be able to suggest different angles or inspiration.

It is also important to involve psychologists at the beginning of the process so they can advise production companies whether or not the programme idea is supported by evidence. Psychologists use evidence to underpin everything they do, so problems occur if they are asked to be part of programme that is based on an assumption that the evidence does not support.

Involving a psychologist early in the process also helps to flag up any potential problem areas, including ethical implications, before too much time is invested in a project.

Research and advice

Psychologists can also be involved in more in-depth research, citing studies or theories that may be of use. They can also offer suggestions as to how tasks might be carried out or environments might be changed to make them more accessible or suitable for television.

Selection and screening of participants

Psychologists, and more specifically clinical or counselling psychologists, are able to assess the mental well being of people who could potentially become involved in television programmes. They carry out clinical assessment using methods including psychological tests, interviews and direct observation of behaviour.

Off-camera support

Psychologists can work behind the scenes to ensure the well-being of participants. They can discuss with the participants the implications of taking part and make sure each individual gives informed consent. They can also take responsibility for the mental health of the participants and/or crew while the programme is being made and be a willing and understanding person to speak to once the programme has concluded.

On-camera support

Exactly the same role as above can be filled by the psychologist who appears on-camera as the psychologist who is involved behind the scenes. The on-camera psychologist will ensure the well-being of participants although the on-camera psychologist's actions will of course be filmed. However, there are times when it is necessary to have a separation between what is said to a psychologist in public (on-camera) and what is said in private (off-camera).

Commentary

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour so it covers more or less everything we do in everyday life. Therefore, psychologists are often able to provide psychological insights into every day behaviours and thought processes. They can analyse footage or be interviewed as a 'talking head' However, psychologists specialise in particular areas of psychology when they undertake their postgraduate qualifications and training so are not qualified to talk in-depth about all areas.

Presenter

While psychologists are respected academics or practitioners they are also very enthusiastic about their subject and so can make great presenters. This is helped by the fact that most are used to presenting psychology in a non-scientific way meaning they can make it accessible to television audiences.

It is unlikely that a psychologist will want to be involved in presenting a programme if they have been involved in selection or are offering support.

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

Finding the right workout for your personality type

The BPS is mentioned in a feature by Stylist magazine, which covers how different exercise routines and types of workout are more successful for people with certain personality types.

Investing in early intervention is key to managing the rise in kids seeking mental health support

Mental Health Today reports on the BPS' analysis of NHS Digital data that shows a 55 per cent increase in the number of under-19s seeking mental health support in the last two years.  The BPS has called for a focus on early-intervention and prevention.

Dr Julie Smith: 'Mental health is no different to physical health. No-one is immune'

Chartered member Dr Julie Smith is interviewed by the Guardian about her self-help TikToks, how no-one is immune to mental health difficulties and what simple tools can help your mental health.

Diagnosis and the pandemic

The BPS is mentioned by the New Satesman in a long-read piece looking at the ongoing debates about diagnosis in psychology and psychiatry, and how it relates to people's experiences of poor mental health during the pandemic.

Organisations urge ministers to 'prioritise play' after lockdown isolation

The Telegraph reports on a joint letter, led by the BPS and signed by a number of other organisations, to the chair of the Education Health Committee, calling for children to be given 10 minutes extra play time each day to make up for the loss of socialising during the pandemic.

How to solve common presentation mistakes

The BPS is mentioned by Every Woman in a feature on giving presentations, particularly the common mistakes that people make and how they can be avoided.

Assessing the benefits of hybrid working

Chartered member Professor Gail Kinman is quoted by the Journal in a piece looking at the potential benefits and pitfalls of hybrid working arrangements.

How people are looking to frustrate proposed conversion therapy ban

The BPS and Adam Jowett, chair of the Psychology of Sexualities Section, are mentioned by the Byline Times in an article looking at the UK government consultation into ending conversion therapy, and the tactics used by people opposing the ban.

How to run a successful cybersecurity programme

Chartered member Dr John Blythe is quoted by CSO Online in an article about cybersecurity, and how you can promote and encourage good cybersecurity practices across an organisation.

Simple tricks for getting out of bed

Chartered member Dr Meg Arroll speaks to Yahoo! News for a piece on getting out of bed in the morning, and how simple tips such as not hitting the snooze button can make it much easier.

Looking after the mental health of investors

The BPS is mentioned by Forbes in a feature looking at mental health in the financial industry, and how investors can look after their wellbeing.

Relearning the lost art of office small talk

BPS member Almuth McDowall is quoted by the Guardian in a feature on office small talk, which looks at whether it's something that people will be able to pick up again easily as they return to workplaces.

19 thoughtful self-care gifts

BPS member Claudia Hammond's book 'The art of rest', which is a previous winner of the BPS Book Award, is included in a list of 19 thoughtful self-care gifts compiled by Stylist magazine.

Explaining post-traumatic growth

The BPS is mentioned in an article by Refinery29 which looks at post-traumatic growth, and the signs that you might be experiencing it.

New long Covid helpline launched

Chartered member Dr Julie Denning, who is managing director of Working to Wellbeing, is quoted by Cover magazine in an article about the launch of the organisation's new long Covid helpline.

What a future living with Covid-19 might look like

Chartered member Dr Nilufar Ahmed contributes to an ITV News item about what a future living with Covid-19 might look like.

What it's like to be friends with an influencer

Dr Linda Kaye, chair of the BPS' Cyberpsychology Section, is quoted by the Independent and other news publications in a piece that looks at what it is like to be friends with a social media influencer.

Why hybrid working leaves some people feeling more tired

A feature by BBC News on hybrid working looks at how changes in working routines can leave some people feeling more tired, can drain their cognitive resources, with quoted from chartered member Gail Kinman.

Brits tire of the 'same old routine' after 17 months

BPS member Jo Hemmings is quoted by the Express, the Independent, the Daily Star PostLincolnshire World and the US Sun, commenting on the results of a new study that suggests people in Britain tire of having the same daily routine after just 17 months.

Why a wide-scale return to the office is a myth

Chartered member Professor Almuth McDowall is quoted in a BBC Worklife article that explores why a wide-scale return to the office by workers is unlikely to happen.

Reasons you could fall victim to a cyber attack

Chartered member Professor John McAlaney contributes to an article on BDaily News, exploring how certain personalities could make a company more vulnerable to a cyber attack.

How to survive an affair

BPS member Dr Abigael San is quoted in a feature in the Guardian that looks at the impact of an affair on a relationship, and how couples can repair the damaged trust.

Psychologist criticises prime minister's apology

BPS member Professor Stephen Reicher writes in the Guardian about prime minister Boris Johnson's recent apology to the House of Commons after being accused of breaking lockdown rules.

Poverty, Covid and children and young people's mental health

Chartered member Heather Connolly is quoted in the Times, the Evening StandardThe Scotsman and The National, discussing poverty and child mental health, after giving evidence to the Scottish Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's inquiry into children and young people's health and wellbeing.

Covid-19's impact on the training sector

The BPS is mentioned by HSME Magazine in an article looking at the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the training sector, and the role that organisation resilience has played in the response.

Adverts featuring 'perfect bodies' could have warnings

The Express reports on the news that adverts featuring 'perfect bodies' could be given warnings to help protect those with body image issues, with chartered member Dr Carolyne Keenan quoted in the article.

Avoiding burnout as a freelancer

Charted member Dr Jan Smith writes for Real Business on burnout, and how people working for themselves can avoid suffering from it.

Journal apps to help bring mindfulness to 2022

Chartered member Rachel Evans is quoted by Women's Health magazine in a piece looking at the best apps to help write a journal in 2022, which it suggests can help people bring more mindfulness to their lives.

The role and effectiveness of antidepressants

The BPS is mentioned and DCP chair Dr Roman Raczka is quoted in a piece by Mental Health Today looking at the role and the effectiveness of antidepressants in treating people with depression.

The embarrassing condition of 'shy bladder'

BPS member Dr Heather Sequeira is quoted by the Daily Mail in a piece looking at the embarrassment suffered by people with 'shy bladder', a condition where people fear using the toilet in the proximity of other people.

How to make new traditions this Christmas-time

London-TV reports on the BPS' advice for people to consider ways to tackle loneliness through developing new Christmas traditions, with chartered member Vivian Hill quoted in the piece.

The best foods for better attention, memory and mental health

Chartered member Dr Kimberley Wilson writes for the BBC Science Focus magazine with advice on which foods are most beneficial for people's attention, memory and mental health.

Online learning hits pupil wellbeing

The BPS is mentioned by Wales Online and Education Business in an article that reports on new research, jointly carried out by Swansea University and Cardiff University, which has found that pupils' wellbeing and concentration is negatively affected by online learning.

Is social media making us more angry?

Chartered members Dr Emma Short and Professor Sophie Scott contributed to a BBC2 documentary by comedian David Baddiel, who asks whether the 'toxic' world of social media trolling is leading to real-world anger, hatred and rage.

Stop seeing your break-up as a 'failure'

Chartered member Linda Blair contributes to a Refinery 29 article about how we should stop seeing our break-ups as failures.

New book offers a 'tookit for people with burnout'

ATV Today reports on the launch of a new book by chartered member and occupational psychologist Ellen Bard, which includes a 'toolkit' for people who are suffering with burnout.

How exercise can improve people's memories

The BPS is mentioned in a piece by Italian website Proiezionidi Borsa, which summarises research into how exercise can be beneficial for memory.

12 milltion to spend Christmas at a place they call 'home home'

Chartered member Dr Simon Moore is quoted by Wales Online in a piece that looks at where people spend Christmas, with 12 million set to return to a place call 'home home' - generally a childhood home where they don't live any more.

Do trigger warnings work?

BPS member Sarita Robinson is quoted by Vice i-D in an article about trigger warnings, which considers research around whether using a trigger warning actually works as intended.

How stress and anxiety can affect digestion

Chartered member Dr Kimberley Wilson is quoted by the Express in a piece which explains how feelings of stress and anxiety can lead to a physiological impact on digestion.

'Moral panic' over Instagram and video games

The BPS is mentioned by Newsweek in an article looking at whether using social media sites such as Instagram and playing video games can have harmful effects on young people.

Explaining 'productivity anxiety'

Chartered member Dr Rajvinder Samra is quoted by Stylist magazine in a piece about 'productivity anxiety', and why some people feel particularly stressed about 'not doing enough'.

How to make friends at the gym

Chartered member Dr Clair Burley is quoted by Stylist magazine in a piece that looks at how people can develop friendships while working out.

Psychologist appears in 'Womanhood'

BPS member Dr Jessica Taylor appeared in the BBC programme Womanhood, which saw six celebrities come together to tackle some of society's most contentious issues.

Attendance data crucial for targeting mental health support

The BPS's play campaign is mentioned by Mental Health Today in an article looking at how monitoring pupils' attendance data could help to target mental health support effectively.

Warnings about virtual romance scams

The BPS is mentioned on Brazilian website Agazeta in an article looking at the dangers of scams carried out by people pretending to be looking for love online.

Examining the state of mental health in the UK

The BPS is mentioned in a piece by Wellbeing News on 'the state of mental health' and the NHS's progress towards meeting the goals in its long term plan.

How to dissuade parents from believing in anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories

Chartered members Dan Jolley, Darel Cookson, Rachel Povey and Robert Dempsey have contributed to an article on The Conversation, exploring how to dissuade parents from believing in anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories.

Standing against conversion therapy

The BPS's opposition to conversion therapy is mentioned in an article by SNP MP Mhairi Black in the National, which outlines her opposition to the practice.

Diet advice can be as effective as weight management services

Chartered member Dr Katie Myers Smith is quoted by Health Europa in an article reporting on research which suggests that offering people basic dieting advice can be as effective as the standard GP advice on weight management.

Why are only children are still stereotyped as selfish and spoilt?

Chartered member Linda Blair contributes to an article for the BBC's Worklife website, exploring why only children are still stereotyped as selfish and spoilt.

Frustration over 'loophole' in proposed conversion therapy ban

The BPS's opposition to conversion therapy is mentioned in an article by Devon Live which reports on Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw's concern at a potential 'loophole' in the proposed ban on the practice.

Football club 'passionate' about helping people with mental health

Chartered member Lee Richardson is quoted in an article by the Stoke Sentinel about local football club Port Vale's new mental health initiative - the BPS is also mentioned in the piece.

How Amazon Prime gets us to part with our cash

Chartered member Dr Joan Harvey spoke with Voice of Islam radio about why it's so easy for people to spend significant sums of money using Amazon Prime.

How to re-energise during the winter

Chartered member Dr Meg Aroll contributes to a piece in Portsmouth Live which offers tips for people to stay energised and motivated during the winter months.

Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder and how to manage it

Chartered member Dr Juliet Anton is quoted by the Huffington Post in an article on Seasonal Affective Disorder, which gives seven signs that someone might have it and offers solutions for them.

How employers can address presenteeism in a virtual workforce

BPS members Dr Christine Grant and Professor Gail Kinman write for Employee Benefits on presenteeism, and how organisations can spot and address it even with a workforce that is mostly based at home.

Are people starting to regret moving to the countryside?

Chartered member Professor Stephen Palmer is quoted by the Telegraph in a piece that looks at the experiences of people who have moved out of London to start a new life in the countryside.

How to sleep through the night - and five reasons why you keep waking up

Chartered member Lindsay Browning contributes to a techradar article about why you might be waking in the night and how to improve your sleep.

The psychology of an eyebrow-raising last will and testament

Chartered member Linda Blair contributes to an article in The Telegraph that asks why people sometimes choose unusual beneficiaries when passing on their estate.

Conversion therapy and the government's proposed ban

Chair of BPS Sexualities section Adam Jowett has written an article for The Conversation, asking whether the government's plan to allow consensual conversion therapy undermines its proposed ban.

The devastating impact of emotional infidelity

Chartered member Dr Gayle Brewer is quoted by the Guardian in a piece looking at the impact that emotional infidelity can have on people.  This is when their partner has an affair that involves just emotional, rather than sexual, aspects.

How hybrid working could affect office gossip

Chartered member Dr Jan Smith is quoted by Digiday in an article looking at how companies' shifts to hybrid working models could affect traditional office gossip.

Debate over use of isolation rooms in schools

The BPS's call to ban the use of isolation rooms in schools until a system is in place to monitor their use is reported by tes, DECP chair Vivian Hill is also quoted in the piece.

How to look after your mental health as a student

Chartered member Professor Ewan Gillon is quoted by the Tab in an article giving tips to new university students on how they can look after their mental health during their studies.

How to enjoy exercise after 50

Research presented at the 2018 Division of Occupational Psychology annual conference is mentioned by Eat This, Not That in an article suggesting ways that people can get more out of exercise after turning 50.

More UK renters say their situation is causing them to feel depressed

An article by Property Reporter looks at new research which suggests that a growing number of renters in the UK feel that being trapped in a cyle of renting is causing them to feel depressed.  Chartered member Dr Linda Papadopoulos comments in the piece.

Customer-facing workers experiencing greater hostility

Ashley Weinberg, chair of our Political Psychology Section, is quoted by the Guardian in an article looking at the reasons behind an increase in abusive behaviour towards workers, including nurses and shop staff, since the end of lockdown.  BPS member Dr Sharon Coen is also quoted.

How psychology can improve cybersecurity culture

The BPS is mentioned by Pinsent Masons in an article looking at how teaching employees about the psychological aspects of cyber attacks can improve organisations' cybersecurity

How to stop snoring

Chartered member and sleep expert Suzy Reading gives some tips on how to stop snoring in a piece by the Sun which dubs the UK 'the snoring capital of the world'.

20 years of the iPod

BPS member and consumer psychologist Dr Paul Marsden is quoted in a feature by i News looking at the popularity of Apple's iPod, which was released 20 years ago.

How addictions can hit mental health

Chartered member Rachel Evans spoke to Marie Claire magazine about how addictions, even to something seemingly innocuous such as exercise, can have a negative impact on someone's mental health.

Parents should use Squid Game as a 'teachable moment'

Chartered member Dr Nilufar Ahmed appeared on This Morning to discuss the controversy around new Netflix show Squid Game, and whether it is suitable for children to watch.  She said that it is unlikely that parents will be able to stop their children from viewing it, so to instead make sure that it is used to teach them something.

Psychologist outlines how parole board hearings work

Chartered member Fiona Ainsworth speaks to Wales Online about her work on parole board hearings, and explains how they actually work and how decisions are made.

Scientists give their verdict on Covid inquiry

BPS member Professor Stephen Reicher is one of a number of scientists quoted by the Guardian in an article collating reactions to the results of the House of Commons' inquiry into handling of the pandemic.

£20-a-week Universal Credit cut damaging to mental health

The BPS's response to the £20-a-week cut to Universal Credit, is reported in the Northern EchoLancashire Telegraph and AOL Online.

How playtime is linked to children's wellbeing

Mental Health Today reports on the launch of the BPS's Time to play campaign, and the recent survey carried out with YouGov which showed that parents of primary school children are just as concerned with lost play as academic catch-up.

'The man who revolutionised psychology'

BPS member Professor Richard Bentall is profiled by the Guardian as part of its the outspoken series.

BPS meets with Mark Isherwood

Member of the Welsh Senedd for North Wales, Mark Isherwood, mentions a meeting he had with the BPS in his regular column for local newspaper the Leader.

'Want it now' attitude sees Brits lose out

An article by HSBC suggests that a want it now attitude is leading many people in the UK to made bad financial decisions.  BPS member Jo Hemmings comments in the piece.

The right to play

The Orkney News reports on the launch of the BPS's new 'right to play' campaign, and our survey which found that 96 per cent of parents believe that access to playtime at primary school is important for children.  The launch of the campaign was also reported by the North Edinburgh News, with links to our previous calls for increase opportunities for children to play.

How children can tackle anxiety

The BPS is mentioned in an article by About Her, which offers some tools that children and young people can use to tackle anxiety, quoting chartered member Dr Elena Andrioti.

Why tackling shame is important to tackling obesity

The BPS's report on the psychological aspects of obesity is mentioned by Healthy Food in an article looking at the links between feelings of shame and obesity.

The psychology of 'nudging' and Covid-19 vaccines

The BPS is mentioned in an article by News24 in South Africa, looking at the psychology of 'nudging' in relation to encouraging people to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

The challenges of working with a serial killer

Chartered member Dr Jackie Craissati appeared on Channel 5 show 'Broadmoor: Serial killers and high security' to discuss her work as a psychologist in high security prisons with some of the UK's most notorious offenders

The best online learning courses for your career

A beginner's emotional intelligence course led by chartered member Gemma Leigh Roberts is one of five pieces of online learning recommended in an article by the Independent.

BAME and poorer students feel left behind during the pandemic

Education Business UK reports on the results of a BPS survey of university staff and students, which has found that many students from BAME and poorer backgrounds feel left behind during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mental health crisis among frontline workers

Associate fellow Dr Serra Pitts is quoted by Healthcare Newsdesk in a piece looking at new research showing high levels of mental health issues among emergency service workers.

How to help someone who may be suicidal

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, the Huffington Post spoke to chartered member Professor Rory O'Connor about what people can do to help someone close to them who may be having suicidal thoughts.

Choosing the right music to work out to

Chartered member Andrew Lane is quoted by the Metro in a piece suggesting ways that people can select the perfect songs for a session in the gym.

Frontline workers experiencing burnout and chronic stress

BPS associate fellow Dr Serra Pitts is quoted by Mental Health Today in a piece reporting on a new study which shows that a lack of work-life balance is leading to high levels of burnout and chronic stress among frontline workers.

What we can do to protect young girls from sex attacks

Dr Rebekah Eglington, a BPS member and the chief psychologist for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, appeared on BBC Panorama looking at the sexual abuse of children by other children.

How to fix your sleeping schedule

Chartered member Dr Lindsay Browning writes for Tom's Guide on sleeping patterns, and how people can make theirs consistent and reset their body clock.

Coalition of organisations urge government to not cut Universal Credit

The open letter to the prime minister and chancellor, signed by a coalition of 100 organisations including the BPS, urging them to keep the £20 uplift to universal credit is reported by the BBCthe GuardianThe Mirror and Wired Gov.

Why some young people are reluctant to get vaccinated

BPS member Professor John Drury's comments are featured by the Sunday Times in an article looking at why vaccination rates remain low in some groups of young people due to hesitation.

The benefits of a power nap during the working day

Chartered member Dr Lindsay Browning contributes to an article in the Metro looking at napping, and what the benefits of a power nap during the day can be.

Why people use Google as a doctor

Chartered member Dr Paul Marsden comments on a piece by Press and Journal, which looks at why people ask Google questions that it can't possibly know the answer to, particularly about their health.

Sibling conflict increased during lockdown

Research press-released by the BPS, showing that conflict among siblings increased during the first Covid-19 lockdown, is reported by About Manchester.

Why the death of a pet can cause so much grief

The BPS guidance document 'Coping with bereavement' is quoted by the Daily Mail in a piece explaining why the death of a pet can sometimes cause grief that can hurt 'as much as losing a family member'.

Make physical distancing the norm, say BPS psychologists

Essex Magazine reports on the BPS Covid guidance which says that physical distancing needs to be made the moral and social norm to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

How to manage stress when travelling post pandemic

Chartered members Dr Rachel Allan and Lee Chambers are quoted by HR News offering their advice for managing stress and anxiety about post-pandemic travel.

Nicola Sturgeon urged to double Scottish Child Payment

The BPS is reported by the Daily Record as one of the signatories of a letter to first minister Nicola Sturgeon, urging the Scottish government to double the Scottish Child Payment to help the poorest families in Scotland.

Child-led play helps to develop imagination and motor skills

Dr Dan O'Hare, co-chair of the DECP, is quoted by Plunge Daily in a piece looking at the developmental benefits of child-led play. The article also mentions the BPS's previous statements on the importance of play.

New variants could set us back a year

BPS member Professor Stephen Reicher is quoted by the Guardian in an article looking at the dangers posed by the possible emergence of new Covid-19 variants, which could set the UK's response to the virus 'back a year'.

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 NewsSky 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 struggling?

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.