Extreme Psychiatry | Ex Ψ

Improving communication skills and confidence in psychiatry


The Extreme Psychiatry team is made up of Actors, Peer Facilitators and Extreme Psychiatrists.

We work closely together, combining our individual and group skills, to provide the best teaching that we can. All team members are excited about teaching and passionate about working with mental health problems.

Team members arrive at 5pm to prepare the room, formalise plans for the evening’s teaching and welcome enthusiastic students who arrive early.

Mental Health Mountain: The Extreme Psychiatry Story

Watch ‘Mental Health Mountain: The Extreme Psychiatry Story’

Team members also take place in activities outside teaching, including taking part in research and other projects. There are also regular social events.

In addition, over the past few years the team has raised significant amounts of money for mental health charities. In 2012 members ran the Reading Half Marathon, raising over £5000 for the Alzheimer’s Society. And in 2013, a small group of intrepid Extreme Psych team members climbed Mount Snowdon whilst attached to each other in a three legged race, raising money for two local charities. Watch the amazing video here.


Ex Psych: Old and new.

Strings & Roxanne, sporting Extreme Facial Hair

Nika: delightfully excitable.

James (PF 2009-10) & Dr Isabel

James (PF 2009-10) & Dr Isabel

Sam (PF 2009-10) & Tom. Unclear what either is doing.

Sabrina & Michael

Dr Sam & Ghazal

Whui & Maryam (Role of Honour PFs 2009-10)

Richard & Margaret: out gadding.

Elf: Santa’s little helper

Brin, Sophie, (Dr) Strings & Michael

Brin, Tom (ignoring the camera) & Nika

Roxanne & Nick, inventing stuff.

Elf & Thomas, living it up.

Dr Hugh & Dr Nick. Doing something.