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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Therapeutic alliance important to help people at risk of suicide

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Charlotte Huggett summarises a naturalistic outpatient study which explores the impact that therapeutic alliance and negative responses from clinicians can have on suicidal ideation in people in therapy.

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Overcoming barriers: why adolescents don’t seek mental health support

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Emma Ashworth summarises a recent systematic review on the barriers that children and adolescents face in seeking help for their mental health problems.

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Mental health service users’ experiences of statutory detentions: lessons for reform

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Jill Hemmington publishes her debut elf blog on a recent systematic review and qualitative meta-synthesis, which looks at patients’ experiences of assessment and detention under mental health legislation.

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Music groups on acute mental health inpatient wards

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Una Foye highlights a small qualitative study that explores the benefits of establishing music groups on acute mental health inpatient wards. She reflects on the boredom felt by many inpatients and the importance of social connection and a positive ward atmosphere that may indirectly improve recovery and mental well-being.

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Coercion and power in psychiatry #MHQT

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Ian Cummins explores a Belgian qualitative study looking at the experiences of people who have been subject to compulsory mental health legislation and admitted to hospital against their will.

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Reablement in a care home context: a feasibility study

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Bruce McClure’s blog looks at a feasibility study of ‘LifeFul’, a reablement programme in the care home context.

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Whose Safety is it Anyway? Service user and carer involvement in mental health care safety #MHNR2018

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Alison Faulkner takes a recent study as the starting point for an exploration of mental health care safety, service user and carer involvement, raising concerns, risk, harm, power, relationships and much more.

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Power to the people: practitioners, patients and power

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Rob Allison explores a recent qualitative study of dependence and resistance in community mental health care, which looks at negotiations of user participation between mental health staff and service users.

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