Dr Gary Sidley: Mental Health Consequences of C19 Restrictions

Dr Gary Sidley is a former NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist. He achieved an honours degree in biochemistry/physiology before gaining employment in the NHS mental health system in 1980, initially as a psychiatric nurse. He qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1989 and worked in a variety of adult mental health settings. He obtained his PhD in 2000 for a thesis exploring the psychological predictors of suicidal behaviour. In 2013, he opted for retirement, after having operated for several years as a Professional Lead/Consultant Clinical Psychologist. 

He is a vocal critic of bio-medical approaches to mental health, illustrating his concerns with anecdotes drawn from his extensive experience of working within the psychiatric system. His book, Tales from the Madhouse: An insider critique of psychiatric services, was published by PCCS Books in February 2015.

Throughout his career, Dr Gary Sidley has presented numerous workshops on a range of topics including cognitive behaviour therapy for depression, suicide risk assessment, advance decisions and understanding deliberate self-harm.  More recently, he has delivered training on psychiatry’s misuse of power, the discriminatory nature of the Mental Health Act, the stigma-enhancing effects of an ‘illness like any other’ mantra and psychiatry’s perverse approach to risk.

In early 2020, he became extremely concerned about the Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis; his writings on this subject can be found on his CORONABABBLE’ blog. Gary is also a member of the Health Advisory & Recovery Team (HART) and the Smile Free campaign to lift all mask mandates.

This is an edited segment from the weekly live General Assembly meeting on August 15, 2022.

This video is also available on Rumble and Odysee.

Here’s what WCH members, staff, and coalition partners are saying about Dr. Sidley’s presentation:

“Thank you Dr Sidley – a wonderful presentation.” – Dr Tess Lawrie

“Thank you for your time and attention to this very important matter. It is exceptionally hard for many to wake up through this as well. They must be met with compassion for the psychological damage that was carried out through the last many years of campaigns to rewire the human spirit.” – Robbin Hill

“Yes we have to teach people about the nudge program-show them in detail what the government all over the world have been doing.” – keren

“Thank you Dr. Sidley for confirming so many of the sources of accelerated injury to mental health around the globe. It seems clear that none of it was accidental, or unexpected because the negative impacts of the “Covid mitigation strategies” were so predicable from the beginning.” – David Waterman

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