Holly Crudgington reviews a mixed-methods analysis of electronic health records in secondary mental healthcare on harm minimisation for the management of self-harm.[read the full story...]
Acute care provision in general hospitals for people diagnosed with personality disorder
Kate Chartres summarises a recent mixed-methods study of the healthcare received by patients diagnosed with a personality disorder on acute general hospital wards.[read the full story...]
Young people report that harm minimisation strategies for self-harm are ineffective
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.[read the full story...]
Suicide risk assessment tools: what’s the current state of the evidence?
Gabrielle Beaudry reviews a new national mixed methods study from the UK on suicide risk assessment tools used in mental health services.[read the full story...]
Staff views on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health services and service users #COVIDMentalHealth
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.[read the full story...]
“Mens sana in corpore sano”: outdoor activities can shape the body and mind
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.[read the full story...]
Social prescribing: we’re doing it more and more, but is there evidence that it works?
Stella Tsoli and Dafni Katsampa summarise a recent systematic review on the impact of social prescribing on service users, which suggests that social prescribing leads to improvements in health and wellbeing, health-related behaviours, self-concepts, feelings, social contacts and day-to-day functioning.[read the full story...]
Can digital communication improve relationships between young people and clinicians?
Victoria Betton reports on the LYNC study; mixed methods research into timely digital patient-clinician communication in specialist clinical services for young people.[read the full story...]
A social model for understanding madness and distress
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.[read the full story...]
Empowering, personalised and recovery-focused care planning and co-ordination: When will we ever learn?
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.[read the full story...]