Waiting for the verdict: service user experiences of Mental Health Act assessment

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Elena Opie considers a qualitative study exploring the experiences of vulnerable individuals being assessed under the Mental Health Act.

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First-responders lack training on how to support people in mental health crisis

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Amelia Talbot summarises a new qualitative systematic review exploring first responders’ experiences of providing support to people during a mental health crisis.

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Involuntary psychiatric hospitalisation in children and young people: who is at higher risk?

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Alice Wickersham summarises a recent review exploring the clinical and social factors associated with involuntary psychiatric hospitalisation. The review finds that intellectual disability, psychosis, risk of harm to self and/or others, Black ethnicity, and older adolescence were strong predictors of involuntary versus voluntary hospitalisation in children and young people.

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Place of safety in psychiatry: mental health staff perspectives

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Zuva Dengu summarises a recent mixed-methods study on mental health staff experiences of occupational wellbeing in a psychiatric place of safety service.

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‘The Expert’ and ‘The Patient’: analysing Parliamentary debates on the 2007 Mental Health Act

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Alison Faulkner writes about a discourse analysis of the House of Commons’ debates regarding the 2007 Mental Health Act, which is very relevant to the current White Paper consultation on the Reform of the Mental Health Act.

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The experiences of ambulance workers and paramedics implementing the Mental Health Act

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Charlotte Steel and Camilla Biggs review a qualitative study on emergency workers’ experiences of the use of section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

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Coercion in psychiatry: do interventions to reduce coercive practice work?

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John Baker reviews a recent umbrella review of randomised controlled trials on the efficacy of interventions to reduce coercion in mental health services.

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Policing and mental health: what do police officers think?

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Ian Cummins explores a qualitative study which finds that police officers are ambiguous about their involvement in mental health emergencies.

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The importance of adopting a person-centred approach in psychiatry

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Emmeline Lagunes summarises a recent paper from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, which outlines the importance of person-centred care in contemporary medicine and psychiatry.

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Advanced Decision-Making: promoting self-determination in mental health law

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Bethany Green summarises a report that recommends legal reform in England and Wales in regards to advanced decision-making in mental health.

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