Shrink rethink: rebranding psychiatry

Br J Psychiatry. 2017 Nov;211(5):259-261. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.116.197210.


Negative public attitudes towards psychiatry hinder individuals coming for treatment and prevent us from attracting and retaining the very brightest and best doctors. As psychiatrists we are skilled in using science to change the thoughts and behaviours of individuals, however, we lack the skills to engage entire populations. Expertise in this field is the preserve of branding, advertising and marketing professionals. Techniques from these fields can be used to rebrand psychiatry at a variety of levels from national recruitment drives to individual clinical interactions between psychiatrists and their patients.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Advertising*
  • Humans
  • Psychiatry*
  • Public Opinion*