Some background about me:

I was responsible for the quality assurance of ingredients supplied to a multi-national food manufacturer. After moving house in 1997 I was suffering from stress and not sleeping. I had an interview with a psychiatrist who prescribed psychiatric drugs. I became a heavily sedated psychiatric patient. By summer 1999 I was back working full-time although told I would need psychiatric drugs for life.

At weekends I studied aspects of mental health and started to teach self-management of mood disorders for a charity. In 2004 I had my first book published and created my first web site:

By 2006 I was facilitating a support group and invited Dr Liz Miller to give a talk. Meeting Liz helped me to realize I could manage without the psychiatric drugs and that I did not need a psychiatric label.

Gradually coming off the psychiatric drugs I lost weight and I returned to being something like I was before the psychiatric intervention.

I am passionate about helping others avoid the kind of troubles I experienced and now teach health professionals about:

> Mood and the bipolar diagnosis

> Mood Management, Recovery and Wellbeing

> Food and Mood / Mental Health and Nutrition

> WRAP – Wellness Recovery Action Planning

These courses are described at and can be booked through

I want to help:

> people to avoid/escape unnecessary psychiatric labelling.

> doctors to link symptoms with causes so that psychiatric drug use can be minimised.

Rethinking Bipolar: Millions of people are being harmed by unnecessary diagnosis of bipolar disorder and other psychiatric labels. Extreme emotions are usually caused by extreme emotional distress and exacerbated by physical health conditions. Bipolar diagnosis does not have to be a life sentence – people recover – I have recovered. Find out more from

First Book: Stop Paddling/Start Sailing 2004


Second book: Bipolar Disorder – A guide for mental health professionals, carers and those who live with it

Authors: Danny Walsh and Roger Smith

ISBN: 9781908066152

Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media – 350 pages

Publication: 02 January 2012

The handbook is divided into four sections:

Section 1 Theories and approaches behind bipolar disorder

Section 2 In-patient/acute care

Section 3 Bipolar in the community

Section 4 Related conditions and conclusions

Available from Pavilion Publishing

Roger - researching health

This is me, last summer...I was going to pile up all the books I've read since becoming a professional health researcher. It did not go as planned as books don't like to be stacked without some very definite support. So the pile, on the day, was not so impressive.