Psychiatrists and psychologists: who are they and what do they do?


Pamela Jacobsen and Golnar Aref ask themselves “Who do they think we are?” as they reflect on a recent qualitative study about public perceptions of psychiatrists and psychologists.

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Online intervention for bipolar disorder: what do service users think? #DigiMHweek


Today is the start of Digital Mental Health week, so look out for blogs, webinars, podcasts and loads of social media on the latest digital mental health research #DigiMHweek!

We start with Sarah Rowe blogging about a qualitative study that explores users’ experiences of an online intervention for bipolar disorder.

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“Treat me with respect”. What happens before, during and after coercion?


John Baker takes a look at a recent systematic review and thematic analysis, which explores psychiatric patients’ reported perceptions of the situations associated with the process of coercion.

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Can digital communication improve relationships between young people and clinicians?


Victoria Betton reports on the LYNC study; mixed methods research into timely digital patient-clinician communication in specialist clinical services for young people.

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Living positively with dementia: findings from a qualitative systematic review


Clarissa Giebel finds a lot to discuss in a recent qualitative systematic review about living positively with dementia.

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Mental health service users on Twitter: a platform for feedback and support?


Sarah Knowles considers the challenges facing researchers using Twitter to find out more about mental health service user experiences of feedback and support.

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How can we improve mental health services for young people? Ask them


Sarah Knowles appraises and summarises a thematic analysis of young people’s views of UK mental health services, which calls for greater involvement of young people themselves in redesigning services to be more engaging and accessible.

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Joint Crisis Plans: empowering service users with psychotic disorders


Raphael Underwood reports on a thematic analysis of joint crisis plans, which explores what service users with psychotic disorders want in a mental health crisis or relapse.

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Stigma in bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder: time for a cultural shift.


Andrew Shepherd summarises a critical realist analysis that looks at experiences of stigma in people with bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder. He concludes that a profound social change in public and professional attitudes is necessary before mental health stigma can be effectively eradicated.

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Major barriers implementing family involvement for patients with psychosis


Raphael Underwood summarises a recent systematic review looking at implementing family involvement in the treatment of patients with psychosis.

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