Critical Mental Health

By Iain Bourne | The psychology of violence, suicide, self-harm, psychosis and trauma

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Future self-harm may be reduced with a brief psychological intervention, but perhaps only for the more severe

Angharad de Cates explores a recent RCT of a brief psychological intervention to reduce repetition of self-harm in patients admitted to hospital …

Research

Psychological toll of shame in military personnel

Feelings of shame may make the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) more severe in current and former members of the Armed Services, …

Mental Health

Borderline personality disorder: 'One GP told me I wasn't ill, just a bad person'

This highly stigmatised condition is misunderstood and frequently misdiagnosed<p>“I’ve been suicidal every day for two months,” says Ali Strick. “It affects my whole life, every moment of every day, the way I interact with everyone.”<p>Strick, who runs grassroots mental health organisation Arts …

Mental Health

Focus on the person, not the problem #CORCforum

André Tomlin considers a new article about high integrity mental health services for children, which calls for mental health and wellbeing support to …

Mental Health

New diagnostic model for psychiatric disorders proposed

University of Otago researcher Associate Professor Martin Sellbom is part of a group of 50 leading international psychologists and psychiatrists who …

The state of personality disorder services in England #bigspd17

Keir Harding publishes his debut elf blog on a recent national survey of personality disorder services, which finds continued exclusion, variability …

Mental Health

Mental health workers struggle with stigma about their own issues

Cuts and stretched services are affecting the mental health of carers in the sector, with many too ashamed to seek help<p>Understanding around mental health is improving: campaigns such as Time To Change have drawn public awareness to the issue and employers are realising the affects of dedicated …

Mental Health

Aligning depression treatment to patient need leads to efficient care

Not all depressed patients need intensive therapy, according to new research. Instead, prognosis can drive treatment.

Cannabis and psychosis: it’s high time for a review

Joe Barnby considers the findings of a recent meta-analysis of cannabis use and symptoms severity in individuals at ultra-high risk for psychosis.The …

Cannabis

Can dancing improve your mental health?

Job clubs may protect unemployed people from depression

Ian Cummins explores a recent systematic review of interventions to reduce the impact of unemployment and economic hardship on mental health in the …

Research

Prison psychiatrists warn care is ‘at breaking point’

Shortage of officers means basic mental health provision is under threat<p>Prison psychiatrists are feeling so frightened at work that many are finding it “impossible” to provide a basic level of care to inmates, according to the latest research to document the deteriorating conditions inside …

Prison

Prison study reveals high rate of self-harm after release and mental health failures

Emergency departments are failing to conduct comprehensive mental health assessments, researchers say<p>One in 15 newly-released prisoners attend hospital for self-harm but emergency departments are failing in their obligations to conduct comprehensive mental health assessments, new research shows.<p>A …

Mental Health

Aggression disorder linked to greater risk of substance abuse

People with intermittent explosive disorder (IED) -- a condition marked by frequent physical or verbal outbursts -- are at five times greater risk …

Twice weekly yoga classes plus home practice effective in reducing symptoms of depression

People who suffer from depression should participate in yoga and deep (coherent) breathing classes at least twice weekly plus practice at home to …

Strong link between disadvantage and suicide, says Samaritans

Charity says governments should place a stronger emphasis on suicide prevention as an inequality issue<p>The state of the British economy, including low incomes, job insecurity, zero-hours contracts, unmanageable debts and poor housing, is putting people at increased risk of suicide, according to a …

Mental Health

Study identifies key indicators linking violence and mental illness

New research finds a host of factors that are associated with subsequent risk of adults with mental illness becoming victims or perpetrators of …

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Security

Growing crisis in children and young people's mental health demands action

Young people face unprecedented social pressures, leading to serious psychological distress. Society’s response has been inadequate<p>What is your experience of working with child mental health services?<p>Self-harm among young people, particularly girls, has rocketed in the last decade. The number of …

Mental Health

CQC to investigate as mental health detentions hit 10-year high

Patients in England were detained for treatment under the Mental Health Act 63,622 times last year, NHS figures show<p>The health and social care watchdog is to launch an investigation after government figures revealed the number of detentions for mental health treatment had risen to its highest level …

Mental Health

What happened to you? Trauma informed approaches to mental health care

Sarah Carr explores a narrative review of trauma informed approaches to mental health care, which aims to provide a definition and plan for future …

Mental Health

Mental health of prisoners: have we reached a state of crisis?

Ian Cummins highlights the increased risk of all-cause mortality, suicide, self-harm, violence and victimisation in prisoners. He welcomes a recent …

Depression

Men much less likely to seek mental health help than women

Huge survey shows gender gap and the need for ‘cultural shift’ says charity chief<p>Men are far less likely to seek medical support for a mental health problem than women, new figures reveal.<p>A survey commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation found that not only are men far less likely than women to …

Mental Health

Number of NHS mental health nurses has fallen by 15% under Tories

Since Conservatives came to power in 2010, number of specialist nurses has fallen from 45,384 to 38,774<p>The number of mental health nurses working in the NHS has dropped by almost a sixth since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, figures show.<p>The revelation has sparked fresh doubt that …

Health Care

Psychopathy increases risk of violence in romantic relationships

People with higher levels of psychopathic tendencies are more likely to assault their romantic partners. They are also more likely to drink alcohol, …

Schizophrenia risk increased with alcohol, drug abuse

The question of whether drug abuse increases the risk of developing schizophrenia and other mental illnesses has been a hotly debated topic for …

Dangerous Behaviour: Open Workshop – West Midlands, 20.03.2017

As I’ve said before, it is very difficult for individual participants to access this kind of training as it is almost exclusively delivered …

West Midlands

Number of killings by mental health patients falls

Study suggests that improved NHS care could be behind fall in number of homicides but suicide increases<p>The number of killings by patients being treated for mental health problems is falling, probably as a result of improved NHS care, a major new report reveals today.<p>But the number of suicides has …

Mental Health