Dr Gary Sidley: Gary is a freelance writer and trainer who, in 2013, opted for early retirement from his post of Professional Lead/Consultant Clinical Psychologist after 33 continuous years of employment in mental health services.
He writes on a range of topics, including: alternatives to biological psychiatry (his book, Tales from the Madhouse: An insider critique of psychiatric services was published by PCCS Books in February 2015); general interest articles and humour.
His NHS career began in 1980 as a psychiatric nurse, and he qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1989. In 2000, he obtained his PhD for a thesis exploring the psychological predictors of suicidal behaviour. His area of expertise is in the area of severe and complex mental health problems.
Throughout his career, Gary has presented numerous workshops on a range of topics including cognitive behaviour therapy for depression, suicide risk assessment, and understanding deliberate self-harm. More recently, he has been involved in promoting recovery-orientated services and has provided training sessions on the Recovery STAR assessment tool, living with self-harm, advance decisions and reducing stigma.