What a tangled web we weave…3

So – some information on Dr Chris Manning and Primhe“Primhe is the UK primary care professional charity dedicated to mental health and the care of those with mental illness in primary care settings. Our mantra is “bringing ‘mental’ into the mainstream”.

You’ll recall that Chris Manning used to be at Depression Alliance in the good old days along with Jim Thomson and Amelia Mustapha… see here and here for more information.

Of course Chris is also involved in Jim’s new ventures: the Centre for Mental Health and the Healthwell.org – and Primhe, of course, employs Innervate (which Jim Thomson works for).

Well, I suppose you may as well keep it in the family, so to speak – all the links are here if you want them again and the graphic download is here – charities-web.pdf

But the point of this post is to send you over to Bob Fiddaman – he’s found out some interesting information about Primhe…

So once again I ask what have we discovered here? – something or nothing?

You decide for yourselves, ladies and gentlemen.

But bear this in mind: The ABPI’s campaign orchestrates both lobbying and public relations in its overall strategy. At a briefing to the Pharmaceuticals Marketing Society in 2000, the ABPI described its “battle plan” thus: “to deploy ground troops in the form of patient support groups, symapthetic medical opinion and healthcare professionals…”


5 Responses to “What a tangled web we weave…3”

  1. truthman30 Says:

    Mental Health Support Groups tied to pharmaceutical companies?…


    There is an Irish based depression and anxiety support group , they are called “Aware”… ( they specialise in “depression education”, they host mental health meetings and seminars, and they encourage the public to attend them )

    …Their Website is sponsored by a pharmaceutical company called Lundbeck …

    What is strange about this?..

    Maybe just the fact that Lundbeck happen to be the biggest distributor of SSRI antidepressants in Ireland…


    This kind of thing may not be illegal… but it is certainly “questionable”…

    Is it ethical ? ..

    Well, I suppose we come to our own conclsuions on that one…

    Aware is the biggest depression support group in Ireland, with open metings held in almost every town and city …
    I have been to their meetings and I would have to say I found them to be very pro medication.. ( I wonder why eh? )
    Also they try to push the psychiatric agenda a little too much for my liking…

    How much funding Aware recieves from Lundbeck or other Pharmaceutical companies is not known…
    But considering it’s website is sponsored by one, I would predict it isn’t quite as independent as it should be..


  2. Matthew Holford Says:

    And so, having left us not trusting the word of any clinician who has good things to say about SSRIs, because we suspect that such positive views are not their own, the pharmos have succeeded in undermining our trust in support groups, too.

    Incidentally, have I mentioned that it’s been reported 83% of all depressives (self-diagnosed included) are issued drugs as a default option (BBC figures)? Not surprising, I suppose, if the country has only 5% of the necessary counsellors to deal with the issue, which appears to boil down to people having stuff that they don’t have the skills to solve for themselves.

    So, if I were long-term unemployed, but had good qualifications and good, but dated, experience, and couldn’t get a job commensurate with those abilities, let’s say, and I saw this as an issue, then I could become “depressed” about it, because I wouldn’t be able identify what it was that was preventing me from getting a job. This scenario assumes that I would want to work, of course.

    Naturally, if one sees the solution to every problem as a chemical one, then one will prescribe drugs.


  3. truthman30 Says:

    Yes Matt…
    Big Pharma has its tentacles everywhere…

  4. Matthew Holford Says:

    Well, that’s fine, in the short terms, but one can only betray people’s trust so many times.

  5. truthman30 Says:

    I suppose it goes back to the old saying..
    You can fool some of the people some of the time..
    But you can’t fool all of the people all of the time…

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