EECAF undertaking study of effects of psychiatric medication in Midlothian


As part of the Auntie Nancy Campaign EECAF is conducting a scientifically based ‘DOUBLE LAMBDA STUDY’ in order to investigate the effects of psychiatric medications on mental health  patients in Midlothian.

The purposes of this study are twofold:

         (1) To obtain statistically valid conclusions.
         (2) To add to their file of evidence that they are using to address the NHS and the Scottish Government on this issues.

A number of subjects have already been assigned pseudonyms and anonymously interviewed, using a carefully designed questionnaire with fairly framed questions. The in-depth interviews are approximately 90 minutes and are conducted by an ultra-friendly specially appointed interviewer who is not from the NHS or a member of any public or private health-care institution.

The interview helps the subjects to respond to the questionnaire as fully as possible and then asked several insightful follow-up questions. No background personal, details or dates of treatment are requested or mentioned. It is essential to maintain  anonymity in the study. In addition, the names of the consultant psychiatrists are neither requested nor recorded.

The interviewees are treated to a cup of coffee, and given £10 for the efforts. The interviewer tries to meet them at a location of their choice.

The responses to the questionnaire have so far been highly illuminating. The interviewer also thinks that all of his subjects are very nice people.

EECAF and Thomas Leonard form ‘Auntie Nancy Partnership’

EECAF was founded in part to combat the idea that modern psychiatric medications are “wonder drugs” that can cure mental illness.

We believe modern psychiatric medications are cures worse than the disease. Further, we trust that in the coming years mounting evidence will support our claims.

Meanwhile, however, many people suffer.

Thomas Leonard, a retired academic statistician, is doing his part for those who suffer. Leonard has become a donor and partner in EECAF’s campaign to make people aware of the dangers of these often over-prescribed drugs. The campaign has been re-named in honour of Leonard’s ‘Auntie Nancy.’

Leonard explains in his own words.

On 24 of March this year  I celebrated  my 65th birthday with friends and relatives, one of whom has also suffered from Epilim Chrono/Sodium valproate.

I have therefore felt encouraged to rename my public-health campaign, regarding the physical side-effects of psychiatric medications, ‘The Auntie Nancy Campaign.’

This is in memory of Nancy Leonard (1922-2012) of Budleigh Salterton, Devon. My aunt suffered from leukemia for over 20 years, the last few years without the benefit of chemotherapy. I am using part of her legacy to finance my further activities and networking in relation to my campaign.

I am sure that my kindly aunt would have wanted me to do this. I am now running my campaign in collaboration with the Edinburgh Equality Collective Action Forum (EECAF), a support and advocacy charity for the mentally disadvantaged.

EECAF is proud to be partners with Mr. Leonard. But we can’t do it all alone. We need your help too. To find out how you can help or donate email EECAF.

Thank you for your support in this very important cause.