1 Professor of Psychiatry, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

2 Psychiatry Services Lead, Borama Teaching Hospital, Borama, Somaliland

3 Psychiatrist , CEO, Grupo T.E.C., Armenia, Colombia

4 Certified Hypnotherapist, After Hours Hypnotherapy, Private Practice, Augusta, Georgia, United States

5 Psychologist, Mental Health for Ukraine Project and Private Practice, Zhytomyr, Ukraine

6 Psychologist, Zhytomyr State University and Private Practice, Zhytomyr, Ukraine

7 Forensic Psychiatrist, Department of State Hospitals, Redlands, USA

8 Consultant Psychiatrist, Military Psychiatrist, Lt Col, Pakistan Army, Karachi, Pakistan

9 Psychiatry Resident, State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

10 Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Private Practice, Melbourne, Australia

11 Core Trainee Psychiatry. Worcestershire Health and Care Trust, Worcester, West Midlands, UK

12 Paediatric Psychiatrist, Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital, Mumbai, India

13 Psychiatrist and EMDR Practitioner, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Centre for Psychosocial Support and Mental Disorders for the Syrian Refugees, Kilis, Turkey

14 Psychiatrist, Full Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Kragujevac, Kragujevac, Serbia

15 Core Trainee Year 3 Psychiatry, Health Education North West, St Helens, England, UK

16 Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disability, Bedford, United Kingdom

17 Medical Student LGMS, Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK

18 CT1 Trainee, Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK

19 Medical Student, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK 20Senior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Pramukhswami Medical

20 Senior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Pramukhswami Medical College, Anand, Gujarat, India

21 Clinical Psychologist, Department of Clinical Psychology Centre of Excellence in Mental Health, ABVIMS and Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi, India


Introduction: The present is the future of the past, and the past of the future. This journal as well as this paper endeavour to document
the lives and practices of psychiatrists and other mental health care professionals for the future mental health community and to help
the clinicians of the future to understand the history and practice of psychiatry and mental health care in 2019/20. We, therefore, report
the current days in the lives of psychiatrists and other mental health care professionals.
Material and Methods: To obtain reports of days in the lives of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, we published the
request on eight occasions from May 2019 to May 2020. We invited the prospective respondents/participants to send a relevant report
of their psychiatric practice in a day with a maximum word count of 750 words.
Results: We received 20 reports of variable lengths from 10 countries from six continents, including from psychiatrists, psychiatrists
in training, clinical psychologists and from medical students about their psychiatric training. The reports revealed a wide and highly
variable range of psychiatric and mental health practices, experiences and expectations. Last but not least, the reports we received were
informative and provided much information to reflect on.

Conclusions: There is a common strong commitment to support patients with mental health problems, but the ways this is achieved
are so diverse that generalisations about a typical common practice seem impossible. Future studies should focus more systematically
on the procedures and practices applied in helping patients with mental health problems in different countries and communities. This
knowledge might eventually help identify the procedures and services that are most efficient and helpful in various clinical contexts.