LSD: can psychedelics treat mental illness?

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Anya Borissova summarises a recent systematic review which brings together all of the randomised controlled trials of LSD as a treatment for mental illnesses, including alcohol and heroin dependency, depression and anxiety.

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Suicide awareness materials: do they help people with suicidal ideation?

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Edel Ennis writes her debut blog and reviews an online RCT on the effects of suicide awareness materials on individuals with recent suicidal ideation or attempt. Do stories of hope and recovery help protect people from suicide?

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Dementia care: what increases caregiver burden?

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Eleana Frisira writes her debut blog on a recent 3-year longitudinal study exploring the burden that falls on caregivers of people with various types of dementia.

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How ARE you doing? A study of the mental health of men in the seduction community

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Dave Steele summarises and critiques an ethnographic study using interviews and observations of the mental health of men in the seduction community.

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Global pandemic: how do teenagers and families feel?

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Dafni Katsampa reflects on a new piece of qualitative research led by a 15 year old researcher, which focuses on teenagers’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, and presents a set of recommendations for parents and families that cover mental wellbeing, the importance of routine, exercise and screen time.

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The ‘S’ word: safeguarding and service user experiences in England

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Chenel Walker summarises a recent user-led exploratory study about mental health service user experiences of targeted violence and abuse in the context of adult safeguarding in England.

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A review of Dementia Friendly Communities in England

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Remco Tuijt writes his debut blog and summarises a recent scoping study on dementia friendly communities in England: what they are and what they want to achieve.

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Therapy over the telephone: how does it compare to face-to-face? The answer might surprise you…

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Imogen Bell blogs a timely systematic review which compares the interactional qualities of psychological therapy delivered face-to-face and over the telephone.

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GP management of self-harm: low confidence and need for further training

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In her debut blog, Laura Culshaw summarises a recent systematic review exploring the attitudes, knowledge and behaviours of GPs in managing self-harm in primary care.

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The role of paramedics in suicide prevention: links between sleep, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts

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Kirsten Russell and Susan Rasmussen summarise a recent cohort study on self-reported sleep disturbance in ambulance attendances for suicidal ideation and attempted suicide, which suggests a possible role for paramedics in suicide prevention.

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