Is brief text messaging effective to reduce repeat hospital-treated self-harm?

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Amelia Mullett summarises an Australian RCT on the efficacy of a short message service brief contact intervention (SMS-SOS) in reducing repetition of hospital-treated self-harm.

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How can we make children and young people’s mental health care more evidence-based?

Although an interesting addition to research, the study has left some concerns and questions regarding validity.

In her debut blog, Robyn Bosworth summarises a systematic review investigating the barriers and facilitators of implementing evidence-based practice into mental health services for children and young people.

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Mental illness is linked to being a victim and/or perpetrator of violence: time to face up to some inconvenient truths?

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Anabelle Paulino and Maya Ogonah summarise a recent Danish longitudinal study on the risk of violent victimisation and perpetration following the onset of mental illness.

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Shorter sleep and depression: what role do our genes play?

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Nick Donnelly discusses how one’s genetic predisposition to shorter sleep is associated with the onset of depression in older adults.

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What’s BESST for young people? Efficacy of CBT-informed workshops for stress management in older adolescents

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Matthias Schwannauer explores the BESST cluster randomised controlled trial, which is out today in The Lancet Psychiatry. BESST stands for Brief Educational Workshops in Secondary Schools Trial.

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Are psychological interventions effective in preventing relapse and recurrence in depression?

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Andrea Cipriani is back, this time writing with Rosario Aronica to summarise an individual patient data meta-analysis on the use of psychological interventions for preventing relapse in depression.

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Cats and autistic people: scoping out the purrfect pair?

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KCL Masters student Lily Zhang considers a scoping review on the positive impacts of cat ownership in autistic adults and children, which helps to carve out a path for further research in this field.

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“Let me see a therapist”: mental health support for asylum seekers and refugees

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KCL Masters student Daniella Mousicos summarises a qualitative study exploring whether asylum seekers and refugees are provided with appropriate mental health support in Brighton and Hove.

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Watch yourself! Investigating the efficacy of remotely delivered video feedback in Cognitive Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder (CT-SAD)

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KCL Masters student Katherine Jolly considers a study on internet-delivered compared to face-to-face video feedback to update negative self-perceptions in iCBT for social anxiety disorder.

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Mental healthcare for ethnic minority groups: a call for substantial change

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KCL Masters student Xinxin Qiu discusses a recent study about improving mental healthcare access and experiences for ethnically minoritised people in the UK.

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