Risk factors for suicide in prison

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In her debut blog, Alice Dawson summarises an updated systematic review on risk factors for suicide in prison. The strongest risk factors identified were suicidal ideation, previous suicide attempt, history of self-harm, single-cell occupancy, and current psychiatric diagnosis.

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Qualitative co-production: involving people with lived experience in co-analysis of qualitative data

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In her debut blog, Nia Coupe summarises a recent study on how people with lived experience can be involved in the analysis of qualitative research data.

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Communicating emotions and reducing harm amongst male prisoners

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Rebecca Crook reviews a recent qualitative study exploring the difficulties that male prisoners sometimes have in identifying and discussing their feelings about suicide and violence.

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Do prisons have more room for emotions than we think? Staff views on the link between suicide, violence and emotions

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Eleana Frisira reviews a recent qualitative study, which asks prison staff for their views about the role of emotions in prisoner suicide and violence.

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Risk factors for self-harm in prison

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In her debut blog, Rebecca Crook summarises a systematic review of individual and environmental risk factors for self-harm in prison.

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Self-harm in prison: can we accurately predict risk?

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In her debut blog, Verity Wainwright looks into a recently devised screening tool, which tries to predict self-harm in male prisoners.

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First episode psychosis in prison: is our screening effective?

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Danny Whiting explores the issue of screening for first episode psychosis in prison using a retrospective cohort study from Australia.

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The burden of mortality and morbidity carried by marginalised populations

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Noortje Uphoff appraises a systematic review and meta-analysis of morbidity and mortality in homeless individuals, prisoners, sex workers and individuals with substance use disorders in high-income countries.

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Suicide in prisons: prevalence and contributing factors in high-income countries

Women are only 5% of the prison population, yet they represent 25% of the forensic health population

Vishal Bhavsar explores a brand new ecological study of 24 high-income countries that investigates the prevalence and contributory factors relating to suicide in prisons.

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Novel Psychoactive Substances: bridging the knowledge gap

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Derek Tracy takes a first look at the Novel Psychoactive Substances in the UK Project; an NIHR-funded empirical and conceptual review that recommends research priorities in the field.

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