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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Eating disorder symptoms and suicidality: is there a significant association within the student population?

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In his debut blog, Jack Wainwright explores a study that finds an association between eating disorders and suicidality in US college students.

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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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Masculinity, depression and suicide risk in men with a history of childhood maltreatment

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In her debut blog, Cara Richardson explores whether masculine values are differentially linked to men’s mental health functioning, depending on exposure to childhood maltreatment.

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Alexithymia and suicide: can we find the right words to help each other?

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Hilary Norman summarises a novel systematic review and meta-analysis, which explores the relationship between alexithymia and suicide ideation and behaviour.

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Loneliness and suicide: what’s the link and what role does depression play?

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Marlee Bower discusses a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies, which suggests that loneliness can predict future suicidal ideation and/or behaviour.

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Suicide risk in young people who self-harm and visit emergency departments

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Katerina Kavalidou reviews a prospective observational cohort study on mortality and suicide risk in young people after they present to hospital emergency departments following episodes of self-harm.

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Psychosocial assessment, self-harm repetition and the role of the assessor

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Katherine Chartes reviews a cohort study comparing risk of repeat self-harm after psychosocial assessment, which suggests that psychosocial assessments can reduce re-attendance by 30% within a 12-month timeframe.

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How should we assess suicide risk in mental health services, or should we stop doing it?

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Vishal Bhavsar reports on the development and validation of a new clinical prediction rule (the OxMIS tool), which has been developed by the Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology group at the University of Oxford to help predict the risk of suicide in people with severe mental illness.

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Suicide risk assessment among psychiatric inpatients: pessimism around predictive power

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Alex Langford appraises a systematic review that looks at high-risk categories for suicide risk assessment among psychiatric inpatients.

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