School-based mental health interventions: reducing depression, anxiety and aggressive behaviour

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In their debut blog, Rasanat Fatima Nawaz and Lauren Cross summarise a comprehensive review from the Early Intervention Foundation on school-based mental health interventions.

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Alexithymia and suicide, violence, and dual harm in male prisoners

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Ross Nedoma reviews a recent cross-sectional study examining the links between alexithymia and suicide, violence or dual harm among male prisoners in the UK.

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Risk factors for suicide in men: new review highlights substance misuse, marital status and depression

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Holly Crudgington summarises a recent systematic review and narrative synthesis of risk factors for suicidal behaviour in men, which finds that substance misuse, marital status and depression are the strongest risk factors.

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The best terminology to describe self-harm: “There is more that unites us than divides us”

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Angharad de Cates reviews a recent study which examined international definitions of English-language terms for suicidal and self-harm behaviours.

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Acceptability of psychosocial and psychoeducational group intervention after repeat suicide attempts

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Sadhbh Byrne reviews a recent mixed-methods study on client acceptability of a psychosocial and psychoeducational group intervention for repeat suicide attempts. The ‘Psychosocial/psychoeducation Intervention for recurrent Suicide Attempts’ (PISA), or ‘Skills for Safer Living’ (SfSL).

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Should clinicians be developing a suicide safety plan with their patients?

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Felicity Pearce, Bani Kahai and Derek Tracy summarise a recent meta-analysis examining safety planning-type interventions for suicide prevention.

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Suicide rates in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic: cross-national data provide no evidence of an increase

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Karel Kieslich, Rosalind McAlpine and Alexandra Pitman review a recent study exploring suicide trends in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic with real-time data from 21 countries.

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#Instagram: Is it dangerous in terms of suicide and self-harm content?

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Jess Williams explores a recent systematic review which explores whether suicide and self-harm content on Instagram is dangerous or not.

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Are homeless people more likely to die by suicide?

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Ian Cummins explores a study that analysed data from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health, which finds that homeless people were more likely to die by suicide after discharge from hospital than non-homeless people.

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Healthcare contact prior to suicide: key opportunities for suicide prevention

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In her debut blog, Su-Gwan Tham explores a Welsh population-based data linkage study, which finds that almost 3 in 4 people (73%) who died by suicide in Wales had contact with services in the month before their death.

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