MAOI Google Group
This post is a call for all readers, doctors, patients, and everyone who has an interest in MAOI antidepressant treatment, to contact me in relation to the Google groups that I have constituted.
The key purpose of this initiative and effort is to bring knowledge and awareness of MAOI drugs, and the necessity of ensuring the continued availability worldwide, to as wide an audience as possible.
In order to assist in achieving this a variety of skills are likely to be helpful, As indicated below, and anyone feels they might be able to contribute is invited to contact us, initially with a message to the senior IT and administrative assistant.
I have already assembled an international group of experts on MAOIs which now counts among its members some 100 eminent specialists from all over the world. This expert group has already published a statement for action which is a considerable achievement that I hope will bring more attention to this issue and act as the foundation on which further improvements and advances may be made.
We are also assembling a list of practicing doctors who do use, or are prepared to use, MAOI treatment — if you know of such doctors (wherever in the world you live) please send their details to us (an email address is essential, do check for accuracy first, misinformation wastes a lot of time!).
I have only been able to achieve this improvement in the usefulness and functionality of the PsychoTropical website because I have committed to employ a part-time assistant. Heidi’s salary is paid by the donations to the website which makes it even more important for people to recognise the value of what we are doing by making a donation. Insufficient donations will inevitably mean that the initiative will flounder. An adequate level of donations will mean we can retain Heidi for a greater number of hours per week and achieve more and sooner. There is a great deal of work to be done in many different areas and the progress that is being made will be easily visible by anyone who wishes to follow what we’re doing using the various connecting platforms that people use for these things nowadays (Heidi’s department!). For instance, there are now communication platform links and podcasts and YouTube videos.
My ‘PsychoTropical’ website and the google groups are key hubs for information for patients and doctors.
PsychoTropical consultant advisory group
There is also a specific group called the PsychoTropical consultant advisory group [link]. This is a forum for a wide variety of non-medical people who have expertise in diverse areas that are relevant to the objectives of the website: i.e. influencing the usage of MAOI drugs via lobbying, media presence, IT knowledge, etc. Anyone who thinks they have knowledge and experience that might contribute to this endeavour may contact Heidi.
Bring this post to the attention of anyone you think can either help, or who can provide further information.
This will also enable us to point people who enquire in the direction of doctors in their vicinity who are prepared to prescribe MAOIs. This is a question I am asked frequently.
It would be good to have extra help from folk expert with web/IT stuff to maximise the spread of info about all things ‘MAOI-related’ — that encompasses everything from setting up groups/forums, to creating an international list of doctors familiar with MAOIs & prepared to prescribe them, to spreading the word via internet/social media, and more.
This initiative was instituted by Dr Ken Gillman and is not connected to any pharmaceutical company or other interest group. All the experts participating do so on a pro bono basis. It is funded solely by donations made by individuals.