Happy New Year from Expert in Mind


As we approach the end of the year 2023, we at Expert In Mind would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners, staff, and customers for another successful year of partnership. Happy New Year to you all. It has been a privilege to work with you all, and we are proud of the achievements we have accomplished together.

Expert In Mind is an award-winning company that provides the legal sector with experts in psychiatry and psychology. We have a panel of reputable experts selected for their experience in the field of mental health. Our team provides an expert witness and specialist assessment service, supporting the legal profession and public sector, corporate clients, insurance services, as well as private individuals throughout the UK.

Thank you to all of our clients

We are grateful for the trust and confidence that our clients have shown in us. The team understands the importance of our work and the impact it has on people’s lives. We take pride in knowing that our services have made a difference. Our team is committed to continuing to provide the highest level of expertise and support to our clients.

As we reflect on the past year, we are proud of the progress we have made as a company. We have expanded our services, increased our team, and continued to provide excellent service to our clients. Furthermore, we are also proud of the contributions we have made to our community. Supporting mental health initiatives and giving back to those in need.

None of this would have been possible without the dedication and commitment of our staff. We are grateful for their hard work and passion for their jobs. We are fortunate to have a team of experts who are committed to providing the best possible service to our clients. Their expertise and professionalism are truly invaluable.

We would also like to thank our partners for their support and collaboration. We value the relationships we have built over the years and look forward to continuing to work together to achieve our goals.

Finally, we extend our appreciation to our customers. Your loyalty and trust in us are what motivates us to continue to provide the best service possible. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with you and look forward to continuing our partnership in the years to come.

As we approach the new year, we wish everyone a happy and healthy 2024. We are excited about the opportunities and challenges that the future holds and are confident that together, we can continue to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Thank you once again for your support, loyalty, and commitment throughout the year. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the years to come.

Contact us Today!

Expert In Mind is the leading provider of Expert Psychiatrists and Psychologists to the legal sector throughout the UK. Our exceptional service and specialized knowledge can save you precious time and help you get the best outcome for your client.

Our highly experienced Experts, personal service, and strict recruitment criteria ensure the highest standard of report for your case. Contact us today to learn how we can help you by visiting our website, or call us on 01424 444130.

We look forward to working alongside you.

The Importance of Pride Month for Mental Health

The Importance of Pride Month for Mental Health

Pride celebrations, festivals and marches dominate the calendar in the summer months and especially in July. If you are a member of the LGBITQ+ community, this can stir up all sorts of emotions. Although there is much to be proud of and celebrate, it’s important to remember that there is still progress to be made towards achieving true equality. By pondering what Pride means to us and to our community, we can initiate new dialogue, gain fresh perspectives, and explore new opportunities for growth and learning.

Why we celebrate Pride

Historically, LGBITQ+ identities were considered by psychology professionals to be mental illnesses. It wasn’t until 1990, when the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. Unfortunately, to this day, 67 jurisdictions still criminalize same-sex sexual activity, with 42 of those countries prohibiting consensual sexual activity between women. Shockingly, 11 of those countries (https://www.thepinknews.com/2023/05/17/lgbtq-death-penalty-idahobit/) even impose the death penalty for queer individuals. As a result, the LGBITQ+ community has faced threats, abuse, mistreatment, detention, punishment, social exclusion, and even death.

As such, celebrating Pride is an opportunity to highlight the diverse lives of LGBITQ+ individuals and acknowledge the beauty and joy of the community. It’s a way to show the importance of acceptance and inclusion, which is especially crucial in the face of negative and prejudiced messages about LGBITQ+ people.

Pride History

Pride has its own significant history that is important to remember. After all, for many years Pride was effectively also a protest. The first Pride happened in 1970, to mark a year since the Stonewall Uprising, where LGBITQ+ people protested the discrimination and violence they were experiencing from the police.

In 1972, the UK’s first Pride march took place in London. As well as a celebration, it was a protest against the unfair treatment of LGBITQ+ people. Male homosexuality stopped being illegal in England and Wales in 1967, but in 1972 it was still illegal in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Being gay was still classed as a ‘mental illness’ by the World Health Organization (WHO) until 1992 – and they didn’t stop classifying being transgender as a mental illness until 2019.

Society made lots of people feel ashamed of who they were because being gay, queer, or trans was seen as being wrong, which in turn had an adverse effect on their mental health.

For this and many other reasons, Pride protests have been important in securing the rights of LGBITQ+ people across the world. People continue to protest through Pride marches because LGBTIQ+ people still face discrimination and inequality in the UK and around the world.

Issues LGBTIQ+ people face

Being LGBTIQ+ does not automatically mean someone will have mental health issues, but does nonetheless mean that they are at higher risk of experiencing poor mental health, than other societal groups.

As a clear indication of this, a study conducted by Stonewall (Take Pride report 2022) found that over the previous year:

  • half of LGBTIQ+ people had experienced depression, and three in five had experienced anxiety
  • one in eight LGBTIQ+ people aged 18 to 24 had attempted to end their life
  • almost half of trans people had thought about taking their life
  • Hate crime
  • Accessing healthcare

Pride month mental health benefits

There are a plethora of mental health benefits that can be derived from pride month, some of which have also been scientifically documented. So let’s have a look at a list our team have created for you below:

Connection: Several studies demonstrate the link between loneliness, poor mental health and early mortality. As it is often the case. LGBITQ+ people can feel disconnected from friends and family, and find social acceptance difficult to come. Causes such as pride month, enable them to feel a sense of inclusion and community through events, marches, articles and media focus. Even though taking part can initially be intimidating, the relatability, common interests, affirmation and human connection can be a tremendous confidence boost.

Identity: Lack of affirmation and constant abuse and questioning of one’s identity can often lead to a suffering mental health. As such, being alongside others on the same or similar path, can help LGBTQ+ to move between stages and reach a point where they are able to be proud and non-fearful of their identity.

Representation: Living in a society that adheres to hetero-normative and cis-normative standards makes it challenging to find individuals who share the same experiences. When we see others like ourselves represented, it gives us a sense of belonging and the confidence to pursue our goals fully. This can be the inspiration we need to take significant steps in our personal and professional lives, whether it be at school, work, or home.

Role models: Pride is a time of celebration, where we share our stories and listen to those who have overcome hardships to lead authentic lives. These stories can motivate us to take an important step in our journey towards personal pride.

Conclusion

The LGBTIQ+ community faces a higher risk of mental health problems. For example, depression, self-harm, alcohol, and drug abuse, and suicidal thoughts. Pride has been shown to have numerous mental health benefits for LGBTIQ+ individuals and the community as a whole. Not only does Pride help secure equal rights, which is crucial for their well-being. It also provides a platform for people to celebrate the best parts of being LGBITQ+. This includes acceptance, belonging, community, and joy! If you’re looking to explore your feelings or simply need a safe space to talk, psychotherapy is a great option, no matter where you are on your journey.

Contact us Today!

Expert In Mind is the leading provider of Expert Psychiatrists and Psychologists to the legal sector throughout the UK. Our exceptional service and specialized knowledge can save you precious time and help you get the best outcome for your client.

Our highly experienced Experts, personal service, and strict recruitment criteria ensure the highest standard of report for your case. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you by visiting our website, or simply give us a call on 01424 444130.

We look forward to working alongside you.

Providing Expert Psychiatry and Psychology Services to the Legal Sector

Expert In Mind is an award-winning company that provides highly experienced Expert Psychiatrists and Psychologists to the legal sector throughout the UK. We understand the pressure that legal professionals are under, and our exceptional service and specialized knowledge can save you precious time and help you get the best outcome for your client.

Our Experts specialise in an extremely broad range of areas, from mood disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to schizophrenia and attachment disorders. We are essential in uniting professionals and provide a unique personal service that makes the difference to legal and medical Experts nationwide.

Our experience in this sector, and the in-depth knowledge of our panel, ensures that we provide you with the most suitable Expert Psychiatrist or Psychologist for your case. In the first instance, our knowledgeable admin team responds to enquiries in a timely fashion, providing CVs of the most suitable Experts for your case, along with timescales and fee information, including a complete assessment estimate if required.

Once you instruct one of our Experts, as each Expert is assigned a personal case manager, you will deal with one person, who is fully versed with case details, for the entirety of the case. This ensures a seamless, time-saving, stress-free process for you and the Expert whilst enabling you to receive reliable and professionally examined reports.

We are immensely proud of having some of the UK’s most highly regarded Experts on our panel and ensure that all Experts meet our strict recruitment criteria to assure the highest standard of report.

Our Services

Expert In Mind provides Expert Psychiatrists and Psychologists to a variety of legal professionals who require their expertise in a range of cases. Our services include:

Medico-legal reports: We offer a panel of Expert Psychiatrists and Psychologists, many of whom are considered among the best in their field with the experience necessary to provide high quality, comprehensive medico-legal reports. Experts frequently provide reports which provide instrumental to the outcome of a case.

Psychiatric experts: Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors who have specialised and qualified in psychiatry. Psychiatry itself is the study of mental health problems and their diagnosis, management and prevention. Psychiatrists are able to assess both the mental and physical effects of a disorder, and their link to each other.

Psychological experts: Our Psychologists are experienced in assessing families as well as individual adults and children. All Experts are carefully selected for their experience, report quality and reputation within their field of expertise.

Clinical supervision: Expert in Mind is committed to supporting our Experts across the UK and providing them with to continuous expert quality improvement. In consequence, we have created a panel of senior Experts who are pleased to offer clinical supervision services to all members of our Expert Witness panel.

Fitness to plea: This type of assessment is used to establish whether, from a mental health perspective, an individual has the capacity to understand the proceedings with which they are involved and if they are fit to stand trial.

ADHD/ASD/ADOS assessments: A neurodevelopmental assessment looks at different areas of functioning to establish strengths and weaknesses following concerns about development, or an illness/injury that may have affected the brain. This type of assessment can be used to identify any of the following: Intellectual disability (Learning Disability), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Our services can be utilised in a plethora of different legal cases, so of which we have listed below, including:

  • Personal injury
  • Medical Negligence
  • Family Proceedings
  • Pre-Proceedings
  • Criminal Proceedings
  • Immigration & Asylum
  • Housing
  • Disability Discrimination Act cases
  • Employment Law
  • High Profile Cases
  • Employment Tribunals
  • Mental Health Act Appeals
  • Occupational Health Reports
  • Assessments for the Coroner

Why Choose Expert In Mind?

At Expert In Mind, we pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional service that saves you time and helps you achieve the best outcome for your client. Here are some of the reasons why you should choose us:

  • Highly experienced Experts with a broad range of specialisations
  • A personal service that makes the difference to legal and medical Experts
  • Knowledgeable admin team that responds to enquiries within an hour
  • Strict recruitment criteria to assure the highest standard of report
  • Assigned personal case managers for each case
  • Seamless, time-saving, and stress-free process for you and the Expert

Contact us Today!

Expert In Mind is the leading provider of Expert Psychiatrists and Psychologists to the legal sector throughout the UK. Our exceptional service and specialized knowledge can save you precious time and help you get the best outcome for your client.

Our highly experienced Experts, personal service, and strict recruitment criteria ensure the highest standard of report for your case. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you by visiting our website, or simply give us a call on 01424 444130.

We look forward to working alongside you.