Laurence Palfreyman

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Laurence is an Assistant Psychologist and Research Assistant with Oxford Health NHS where he is involved in the evaluation of psycho-social interventions for dementia in care homes. Before this he worked as an Assistant Psychologist in acute adult and adolescent mental health and trained as a Graduate Mental Health Worker in the NHS. Laurence has also been a researcher in commercial agencies, conducting projects for medical charities, government departments and marketing teams. He holds a BSc in Experimental Psychology from the University of Bristol as well as a postgraduate diploma in Mental Health Practice.

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Men’s mental health and attitudes to seeking help: an online survey

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Laurence Palfreyman summarises a recent survey of masculinity, alexithymia & fear of intimacy as predictors of UK men’s attitudes towards seeking professional psychological help.

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Depression to blame for violent crime? The curse of the headline writers

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Laurence Palfreyman highlights a population study from researchers at Oxford University, which investigates the links between depression and violent crime. The study finds that people with depression were three times more likely to have been convicted of violent crime than those without depression, but we need to be careful about how we interpret these relative risk figures.

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Mental health therapy for refugee and asylum seeking children: a small evidence base for a big problem

Refugees face a substantially higher risk of psychotic disorders compared to non-refugee migrants [see previous blog].

Laurence Palfreyman considers the very small and mixed evidence base of mental health interventions for refugee and asylum seeking children presented in a well conducted systematic review from last year.

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Empowering mental health service users to become more involved in decisions about their care: the DECIDE RCT

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Laurence Palfreyman highlights an RCT of the DECIDE intervention, which aims to build awareness of the service user’s role in decisions about their care including how they can become more involved and seek information from independent sources.

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Preventing workplace depression: are there universal interventions that work?

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Mental health in the workplace is an area that we’ve blogged about a few times before. This blog features a recent review by Tan et al on workplace interventions for depression. Mental disorders are the leading cause of sickness absence (Harvey, 2009 and Henderson, 2011), and depression in particular is predicted to be the leading [read the full story…]