Young people report that harm minimisation strategies for self-harm are ineffective

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Sadhbh Byrne and Jo Robinson review a recent mixed methods study exploring young people’s views on harm minimisation strategies as a proxy for self-harm.

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Suicide risk assessment tools: what’s the current state of the evidence?

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Gabrielle Beaudry reviews a new national mixed methods study from the UK on suicide risk assessment tools used in mental health services.

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Staff views on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health services and service users #COVIDMentalHealth

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Charlotte Huggett reviews a recent mixed-methods study from the Mental Health Policy Research Unit, which explores mental health staff views on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health patients and services.

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“Mens sana in corpore sano”: outdoor activities can shape the body and mind

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Francesca Bentivegna and Dafni Katsampa summarise a recent mixed methods study, which looks at the mental health benefits of purposeful activities in public green spaces in urban and semi-urban neighbourhoods.

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Can digital communication improve relationships between young people and clinicians?

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Victoria Betton reports on the LYNC study; mixed methods research into timely digital patient-clinician communication in specialist clinical services for young people.

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A social model for understanding madness and distress

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Alison Faulkner on a new Shaping Our Lives report, which addresses service user and survivor views about ways of understanding madness and distress, but in particular about the potential of a social model.

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Empowering, personalised and recovery-focused care planning and co-ordination: When will we ever learn?

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Sarah Carr summarises the COCAPP mixed-methods study, which concludes that positive therapeutic relationships appear to be the most important factor in helping care planning and care coordination to be personalised and recovery-focused.

This blog also features an in-depth podcast interview with Professor Alan Simpson who led the COCAPP study, talking with Sarah Carr and André Tomlin about the research and it’s implications for mental health services.

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Dementia day programmes: how can we tell if they are effective?

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Caroline Struthers looks at a study on the effectiveness of a NZ dementia day programme but wonders about the use of outcomes measures in the research.

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Learning disability liaison nurses valued by stakeholders and improve care, education and organisational development

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We have posted a number of times about the response of health services to the needs of people with learning disabbilites and recent reports have focused on the experience of people using general hospitals (see for example Mencap 74 Deaths and counting) One response to this concern has been the development of the Learning Disability [read the full story…]