Simon Hatcher is currently a Full Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Ottawa having moved there from Auckland in May 2012. He worked for 18 years in Auckland, New Zealand as a clinical academic running a Liaison Psychiatry in a general hospital and at The Department of Psychological Medicine at The University of Auckland. His main research interests include suicide, self-harm, psychotherapies, psychiatry in the general hospital setting and e-therapies. He provided the clinical input into the John Kirwan Journal program www.depression.org.nz . Currently he is based clinically at The Royal Ottawa Hospital where he is working in an anxiety disorders clinic and providing services in the downtown homeless shelters. Academically he is based at The University of Ottawa’s Institute of Mental Health Research where he is the vice chair of research in the Department of Psychiatry.
A cohort study published in JAMA tried to answer the question what are the risk factors for suicide in the US military. This is a hot topic as the rate of suicide has increased in US military personnel from about 11/100,000 people in 2005 to about 18/100,000 so that now deaths from suicide outnumber deaths [read the full story…]
Today we feature another guest blog from Professor Simon Hatcher’s excellent blog. We’ll be posting one blog every month from Simon who is Full Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Ottawa – Editor. Well it’s not actually a journal article but as everyone and their dog has an opinion on the launch of DSM-5 (the Fifth [read the full story…]
Childhood trauma and abuse is the smoking of psychiatry. As a risk factor for mental illness it is comparable to how smoking a pack of cigarettes per day increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease. As an adult psychiatrist I see the consequences of poor starts to life and do my best to [read the full story…]