On December 1st, 2022, the Department of Health and Social Care released a document titled ‘Technical report on the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK’. Including Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer) and Patrick Vallance (Chief Scientific Advisor) among its multiple authors, the report is specifically aimed at future medical, scientific and public health leaders, and is intended to relay what they have learnt from their experiences over the last three years.
How do we support young people post covid?
The Covid era has shown many of us just how broken and dysfunctional the systems around us are when it comes to protecting young people’s emotional health. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that it’s the sick society that we are passing on to future generations that should be the priority target of our interventions for change, rather than the focus being on our young people (and ourselves). No one who works with children would support them to adapt to an abusive home environment so how can we justify supporting them to adapt to a social environment that is harmful for them? Surely it’s time to fully comprehend that the trauma-informed sessions in schools, the damaging psychiatric drugs and endless rounds of short-term counselling are not the answer.
The Psychological Impact of the Government’s Communication Style and Restrictive Measures￼
This is an updated version of the paper written in March 2021. Covid-19 restrictions and a relentless media campaign to enhance compliance led to unprecedented levels of loneliness, fear, and anxiety.
Who is responsible for unethical behavioural ‘nudges’?
As described in a previous HART bulletin, there has been a pervasive reluctance for the powers-that-be to discuss the questionable ethics of the covert behavioural-science techniques used by the Government throughout the covid-19 messaging campaign.
We need to talk about behavioural science…
The Government’s use of behavioural-science – particularly ‘nudges’ that use fear inflation, shaming and peer pressure to increase people’s compliance with the state’s agenda – has evoked major concerns in relation to both the ethics and the collateral damage.
Drawing parallels between Covid-19 restrictions & domestic abuse
t is January 2019, and I am waiting in my therapy room for a new client, Daisy, who is 12 years old and being brought in by her mother. I am an experienced therapist, working for a charity supporting children and adults who are affected by domestic abuse.
Help or Harm?
‘Thought reform’ is a term that Lifton (1989) coined to describe Chinese indoctrination techniques that were used during the Communist takeover; it is a concept and a process which many cult researchers and survivors are familiar with.
FULL ARTICLE: Help or Harm?
Thought reform is a process that brings about the systematic alteration of a person’s mode of thinking, a process of individual political indoctrination. It has a psychological momentum of its own; once installed – as many researchers on the issue of cults have found – there is no further need of an indoctrinating guru, teacher or other authority figure, because the subjects who have been indoctrinated reflexively take on that role, policing their own and others’ adherence to the ideology
From news and entertainment to Government propaganda
Since the emergence of the SARS-COV-2 virus in early 2020, TV has morphed into a government transmitter of covert ‘nudges’ and propaganda to persuade us all to behave in ways that the state deems to be for the greater good.
Mask mandates: bad and harmful
With regards further mask mandates, inaction is infinitely more rational than action.
Can a Trauma Informed Approach and adherence to COVID-19 guidelines ethically co-exist?
Can a trauma informed approach and adherence to COVID Guidelines Ethically co-exist?
Nothing unethical about covert ‘nudges’
6 August 2021 – After six months of evasion and obfuscation, the British Psychological Society (BPS) has made its position clear: it sees nothing ethically questionable about deploying covert psychological strategies.
Children continue to be let down
6 August 2021 – The last school year will go down in history as one of the worst for children and young people’s rights, dignities and mental health.
COVID-19 Anxiety Syndrome
8 July 2021 – The goal of these psychological interventions is to introduce a gradual acceptance of the scientifically established assumption that a COVID-19-free world is unlikely.
Children’s mental health crisis deepens
28 June 2021 – HART believes that as a matter of urgency, children’s needs must be prioritised. Unnecessary testing of healthy children must stop. Fear messaging must stop.
The dubious ethics of covert psychological ‘nudges’
24 June 2021 – On 6 January 2021, HART member Dr Gary Sidley (along with 46 other psychologists and therapists) wrote a letter to the British Psychological Society (BPS) expressing concerns about the ethics of deploying covert psychological ‘nudges’ as a means of gaining the public’s compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.
The ‘weaponisation’ of behavioural psychology
20 May 2021 – Dodsworth has conducted the investigative journalism that her mainstream media counterparts manifestly failed to do.
The mental health costs of coronavirus restrictions
13 May 2021 – The most effective way to aid recovery would be to lift all coronavirus restrictions and change the fear narrative surrounding those affected.