Adam James

Latest: Three Guardian articles on landmark Broadmoor patient case

Sept 28, 2011: Broadmoor patient refuses treatment as condition of release
Sept 27, 2011: Broadmoor patient Albert Haines begins public appeal for release

Sept 25, 2011: Broadmoor patient becomes first to have his appeal heard in public

Exclusive: Man who "threatened" NHS psychological therapist wins £5k in out-of-court settlement

Myth of the anti-psychotic

- Guardian Unlimited

Hunter-gatherer tribe's 'great' victory over commercial hunters -
campaigners feared Hadzabe of Tanzania would have been driven off land their ancestors have lived in for 10,000 years.

Recent articles include:
* Interview with Phil Harvey of Coldplay (The Big Issue)
* Did business schools help cause the financial crisis? (The Guardian)
* Psychiatrist sells his skills on Ebay
(The Guardian)
* Mental health service user peer-support
(The Guardian)

* "Critical" psychiatrist Duncan Double
(Times Higher Education Supplement)
* Lancaster University lecturers' satirical newsletter
(Times Higher Education Supplement)
* David Blunkett's 'civil renewal' initiative
(The New Statesman)
* The Paranoia Network
(The Guardian)
* Family therapy and psychosis
(The Guardian)
* SSRI antidepressant controversy
(BBC's Panorama website)
* The Lockerbie bombing
(Times Higher Education Supplement)
* Oldham and race
(The Guardian)
* Gangs and gun violence
(The Guardian and Times Higher Education Supplement)
* Transexual rights (Guardian; Big Issue in the North)
* The rise of tuberculosis
(The Guardian)
* Sex offending
(Times Higher Education Supplement)

* Computer hackers (Times Higher Education Supplement)
* Prison reform
(Times Higher Education Supplement)
* DH Lawrence's travels through Sardinia, Italy
(The Independent on Sunday and The Sunday Telegraph)

* The Maldives

Mental health subject areas include:
* All mental health, psychology and psychiatry news
* Innovative psychiatric and mental health practice
* Race and mental health
* The mental health service user movement
* Debates over electro-convulsive therapy
* The 'mad pound'
* Profiles of top names in psychology, psychiatry and mental health
* Mental health and social exclusion
* Antidepressants
* The SSRI debate
* The pharmaceutical industry and its links with mental health
* Inquests with a mental health interest
* Mental health law
* Special hospitals

Freelance editor...Freelance journalist...
Adam James

- Award-winning journalist + editor + PR consultant;
07950 337379

I am an experienced editor and award-winning journalist who has contributed news and features to the Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, New Statesman, Panorama, Sunday Times, Times Education Supplement, Times Higher Education Supplement, Nursing Times, Woman's Own, Community Care, Mental Health Today, The Big Issue in the North, and trade magazines. I have also contributed to Guardian Unlimited's Comment is Free.

I cover many topics, but specialist areas include mental health, health, social affairs, public sector, disability, social services, education, psychology, psychiatry, and Italy

To view examples of my published work you can access a portfolio of news and features I have written for the Guardian. Go to the 'archive search' facility of the Guardian's website, and input "Adam James" as keywords (include inverted commas)

For a full portfolio or enquiries please contact me on +44 (0)1926 313 232 or +44 (0)7950 337379 or email: adamjames@[remove-this-bit]

Award-winning: I was awarded Mind Journalist of the Year 2001 for my coverage of mental health issues.

"Spying on the psychiatrists", a profile of a clinical psychologist in Guardian Society and "Highs and lows" on a teacher who for 30 years managed manic depression in The Times Education Supplement received particular acclaim.

Judges praised my "in depth knowledge" and said I had "that rarest of gifts for conveying the most complex issues through the lives and words of real people".

Production: I have co-ordinated and managed full editorial production for Jobs4Nurses, a bi-monthly newspaper for nurses. I was also founding editor of the Dewsbury Post, a monthly regional newspaper. I established and managed a team of seven journalists, photographers and subeditors.

Web editor: I am founding and managing editor of, an online resource for professionals working in mental health. I have a familiarity with all aspects of web publishing.

Press/media relations: Since 2010 I have been press relations director for a leading mental health and learning disabilities care provider for which I formulated a comprehensive PR strategy to boost its national profile. I have secured the organisation three double-page photo spreads in targeted media. I am also responsible for writing marketing, editorial and web material for the provider.

Previous to this I helped produce a marketing campaign for the North West Development Agency, a body responsible for the sustainable economic development and regeneration of the north west. I have also worked as pr consultant for Quicksilver PR, involved in a high-profile media campaign.I have acted as a press consultant for the national charity Guidestar UK. My role was to maximise regional and national media coverage for the charity.

Whether it be producing press releases, case studies, or features; or handling media relations, strategic planning or media training I have that all important inside knowledge of the media industry.

Subediting: I have subedited for a national newspaper based in the north west. I have all the skills of a first class sub editor.

News editor: I am news editor for OpenMind magazine, published by Mind, a leading mental health charity.

Trainer: I have acted as freelance trainer with the London-based Media Diversity Institute which organises workshops for journalists in areas of conflict. I have co-run a three day workshop in Nagorno-Karabakh, the enclave bordering Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Author: I am the author of 'Raising Our Voices', an account of the Hearing Voices Network, a mental health service user-led initiative challenging dominant understandings and treatment of people diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Manuscript/report editing: I copy edit manuscripts for fiction and non-fiction writers, ensuring 100% accuracy in grammar and spelling. The copy-editing I offer also involves advice on writing style, and flagging up inconsistencies, contradictions and factual concerns.

In 2008 I wrote 10 case studies on ‘individual budgets for people with mental health problems’. This project was for the Department of Health’s Care Services Improvement Partnership. The aim of each of the 1000-word case study was to demonstrate how individual budgets – which enable people choose and buy their own social care – can work for people diagnosed with a long-term mental illness.

In 2007 I proofed and edited two reports for the Mental Health Foundation, a leading mental health charity

Since 2007 I have been copyeditor for an organisational learning academic at the University of Warwick’s business school. My responsibility has been to copyedit proposed academic journal articles, ensuring 100% accuracy in grammar, spelling and style.

Photography: I also head the Midlands-based photography service which sources birmingham photographers and the photojournalism service

Contact: To discuss commissions, rates and enquiries, or if you have possible news story/feature ideas I can be contacted on +44 (0)1926 313 232 or adamjames@[remove-this-bit]

Copyright (C) Adam James, 2011