What a tangled web we weave…2

Some news on just one of the names featured in my previous post – Miss Amelia Mustapha.

This short biography is from the Breaking through Barriers website – it seems Amelia Mustapha is on their editorial board:

Amelia Mustapha – Vice President of the European Depression Association,
Communications Director of the UK Centre for Mental Health

Amelia Mustapha is Vice President of the European Depression Association and Communications Director of the UK’s Centre for Mental Health. Amelia was previously Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Director of the Depression Alliance, the leading UK Charity for people affected by depression.

Amelia is a keen campaigner and patient advocate. She coordinated the UK’s National Depression Week campaign for five years and managed the secretariat function for the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Depression. Amelia has written over 20 publications on depression for the general public and recently sat on the UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence ‘Depression in Children Clinical Guideline’ group.

That’s a great sounding biography – the Depression Alliance link is there again… and even more impressive, Amelia “managed the secretariat function for the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Depression”

It must have been an easy job that one – the All Party Group never got off the ground – it never got registered – never did any business… in fact the only place it was ever mentioned was on the Depression Alliance website – until the Charities Commission made them remove mention of it as being misleading.

But missing from that biography is another organisation that Amelia works for – the healthwell.org.

I’d really like to know who funds the healthwell and the Centre for Mental Health.

Oh and one more thing – here’s the copyright line from the Breaking through barriers website – © Copyright 2006 Eli Lilly and Company, Boehringer Ingelheim and the World Federation for Mental Health. Breaking Through Barriers is co-sponsored by the World Federation for Mental Health, Eli Lilly and Company and Boehringer Ingelheim. All rights reserved.

Nice.

5 Responses to “What a tangled web we weave…2”

  1. ROBERT FIDDAMAN Says:

    Amazing! This is uncanny. This woman has a blog on myspace and has posted a very pro-Seroxat related post on their.

    What the f**k is going on?

    Check it out:
    http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=72661228&blogID=223883074&indicate=1

  2. Matthew Holford Says:

    Well, I’ve just read that blog, and there’s no question that she expresses her views stridently. A little emotive, at times, and reliant upon the use of pejorative terms to express her disapproval. Her knowledge of the subject appears relatively limited, given her background, either that or her research was not as complete as it might have been.

    Matt

  3. admin Says:

    I’ve just taken the time to have a look at this Blog…
    pro-Seroxat is an understatement!
    I’m not sure where she gets all her ‘facts’ from, though. It reads like the usual Big Pharma smear stuff – have go at David Healy, have a go at MIND, have a go at Panorama and tell us we must all be looney Scientologists.
    And then it seems like we have a classic “UK Depression Forum defence” going on – ie delete comments that show you’ve been rumbled!
    I look forward to reading Miss Mustapha’s promised reply… but of course as we don’t know what the every question was, how do we know she will provide answers to every question asked…?
    I’d like to state for the record I get no support – financial or otherwise – from any organisation for this Blog.
    But what I think we should ask who pays Amelia Mustapha’s wages?

  4. seroxat secrets… Things are getting a little heated, I see... « Says:

    […] also find it strange that ‘patient advocates’ such as Jim and Amelia Mustapha can be so dismissive about world reknowned experts such as Professor David Healy, Richard Brook, […]

  5. yvonne Says:

    As you may notice I am related to Amelia. I am her mother. Amelia and I share the same ethical attitude to facts and information.
    I am a Dental Hygienist and also dismissive of some of the so called renowned experts in my field of Dentistry. Just because some one, something, or some kind of treatment is recommended or sold as therapeutic, by a so called renowned expert does not make it viable or safe.
    As in the case of recommended mouth washes / Rinses .Though some can be used therapeutically ,with caution, for short term use, they can also be detrimental for oral tissues, and also cause allergic reactions
    One in particular, that was / is still being recommended, and prescribed I noticed that severe erosion of the tooth enamel seemed to be taking place when this was being used,by the patient as there was no other dietary or medical cause.
    When I tactfully suggested to the said patient that perhaps they should discontinue use of this mouth wash, they would react with surprise and alarm, saying ”but the dentist / consultant recommended this” also backing there response by the fact that it was advertised.
    I am not the only hygienist to share these concerns regarding advertised and over the counter remedies, backed up by the SO CALLED EXPERTS.
    It is very worrying how the public can be deceived by the so called experts and big companies. Who’s opinion I wonder is more important and ruled by their ethics or profit
    We are a family who live an organically healthy lives with open minds and by a strict code of ethics. Nor are we governed by monetary reasons.
    I take strong objections to some of the negative ignorant comments directed at Amelia Mustapha . .


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