Suicide awareness materials: do they help people with suicidal ideation?

thought-catalog-o0Qqw21-0NI-unsplash

Edel Ennis writes her debut blog and reviews an online RCT on the effects of suicide awareness materials on individuals with recent suicidal ideation or attempt. Do stories of hope and recovery help protect people from suicide?

[read the full story...]

Music to reduce anxiety and increase comfort among older people in care homes

mohammad-metri-1oKxSKSOowE-unsplash

Hilary Shepherd appraises and summarises a recent Turkish randomised controlled trial, which explores the effect that music can have on the comfort and anxiety levels of older adults living in a nursing home.

[read the full story...]

Population-based approaches to improving mental health: a view from the USA

shutterstock_426728680

David Gunnell writes his debut elf blog on a recent review of population-based approaches to mental health. He calls for joined-up strategies across Government Departments to prevent mental illness and improve population mental health.

[read the full story...]

Caries prevention in children: The RECUR trial

shutterstock_156617546

This multi-centre RCTs of a single dental nurse delivered ‘talking’ intervention informed by motivational interviewing approaches was successful in reducing new caries experience in a group of high risk children at 2 years.

[read the full story...]

Can a ‘personalised psychosocial toolbox’ help people reduce ‘on-top’ drug use during opioid substitution treatment?

shutterstock_1454328929

Vicky Carlisle summarises a promising recent RCT on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of an adjunctive personalised psychosocial intervention in treatment-resistant maintenance opioid agonist therapy.

[read the full story...]

Improving care for people with bipolar disorder: meeting unmet needs

sebastian-holgado-1181464-unsplash

Leela Sathyaputri and Jess Fiedorowicz write their debut elf blog on a narrative review of the recent bipolar disorder literature entitled: “Areas of uncertainties and unmet needs in bipolar disorders: clinical and research perspectives”.

[read the full story...]

Loneliness in psychosis and related psychological and social factors

iz-zy-140216-unsplash

Jingyi Wang publishes her debut blog on a recent systematic review of loneliness in psychosis, which shows that the relationship between loneliness and psychosis remains poorly understood due to a lack of high quality studies.

[read the full story...]

Improving health related quality of life for people with dementia in care homes

mikhail-rakityanskiy-415620

Hilary Shepherd writes her debut blog on a new paper from the WHELD cluster RCT, which looks at the impact of antipsychotic review and psychosocial intervention on health-related quality of life in people with dementia living in care homes.

[read the full story...]

How consistent are international treatment guidelines for bipolar disorder?

session-1989711_1280

Steven Marwaha publishes his debut blog on a review article that asks if there is consensus across international evidence-based guidelines for the management of bipolar disorder.

[read the full story...]

Treatments for traumatised refugees: more complex interventions needed

boot-998966_640

Mina Fazel considers the findings of a recent systematic review of psychosocial interventions for adult refugees and asylum seekers, which highlights the difficulty of generalising findings given the many different sources of heterogeneity of included studies.

[read the full story...]