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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Parental PTSD in refugees predicts psychiatric contact in offspring

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A group of students from the UCL MSc in Mental Health Studies summarise a cohort study on the risk of childhood psychiatric disorders in children of refugee parents with PTSD.

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One in four UK children exposed to maternal mental illness

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Francesca Bentivegna reviews a national retrospective cohort study which explores the prevalence of maternal mental illness among children and adolescents in the UK during 2005-2017.

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Alcohol: a drug in a class of its own

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Ian Hamilton summarises a systematic review published last week, which explores the role of alcohol use and drinking patterns in socioeconomic inequalities in mortality.

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Universal Credit increases mental health problems, but not employment

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Alan Simpson summarises a recent longitudinal study that explores the impact that UK welfare reform, specifically Universal Credit, has had on the mental health of people across England, Scotland and Wales.

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Can PTSD in refugees affect their children’s well-being via harsher parenting styles?

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David Turgoose writes his debut elf blog on a longitudinal cohort study, which looks at the effect of post-traumatic stress disorder on refugees’ parenting and their children’s mental health.

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Parental homelessness linked to increased risk of mental illness in offspring

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Dean Connolly explores a Danish register-based cohort study, which investigates the risk of mental health problems in offspring of parents with a history of homelessness during childhood and adolescence.

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Alcohol is the number one modifiable risk factor for dementia

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Marie Crabbe looks at a recent retrospective cohort study in The Lancet Public Health which explores the contribution of alcohol use disorders to the burden of dementia in France.

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Mindfulness may help university students reduce stress

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Judith Shipman summarises the Mindful Student Study; a pragmatic RCT of a mindfulness-based intervention to increase resilience to stress in university students.

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Trauma-related childhood hospital admission linked with self-harm and violent crime in young adults

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Emily Stapley summarises a recent Danish national cohort study, which looks at self-harm and violent criminality among young people who experienced trauma-related childhood hospital admission.

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