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Suicide awareness materials: do they help people with suicidal ideation? In this blog, I will be considering two prominent ideas on factors that might have impacted or supported individuals who died by suicide: the ‘Werther’ and ‘Papageno’ effects.

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

The Werther effect describes the controversial issue that some individuals many imitate suicidal behaviour or die by suicide following seeing or hearing about it in the news or other media. Werther is actually a character from a novel by the German writer Goethe, in which the main protagonist takes his life having his love unrequited. Years following the book’s publication a few people who had died by suicide were found with a copy of the book: this is where the ‘Werther phenomenon’ comes from. We can think of recent examples from TV and the movies, where there have been concerns that seeing self-harm or suicide might be a trigger for some people at vulnerable moments.

In my opinion, supporting coping mechanism seems a sensible strategy. Methods Results Conclusions The Papageno effect is real. Empowering Minds Podcast Series: Episode 5 - Mental Health Europe. “Psychiatric diagnosis – what is it good for?

Empowering Minds Podcast Series: Episode 5 - Mental Health Europe

“ Episode 5 of our podcast series – Empowering Minds – focuses on psychiatric diagnosis, the history of diagnostic manuals and offers a human rights-based perspective on how we think about labels. You can find a full transcript of the episode here. 'I channel my distress into the mission for equity in mental health services' - Voice Online. I HAVE seen first-hand the devastating impact health inequalities can have on people’s lives.

'I channel my distress into the mission for equity in mental health services' - Voice Online

Wellbeing & Compassion. Dr Pooky Knightsmith. Home - Thrive LDN : Thrive LDN. Conversations in the time of COVID and how we continue to connect, collaborat... “It’s an ill wind that blows no good” is a saying I was brought up with, and probably influenced my choice of career.

Conversations in the time of COVID and how we continue to connect, collaborat...

An ability to spot the light in the dark is an essential quality for a psychologist. It’s important to acknowledge, however, that COVID has seriously challenged this, especially as connecting with people, being alongside them and forming relationships is my primary professional tool. I am trying to let myself off the hook though; it is a global pandemic after all. Having said that, as we settle into the new normal there are some consistent messages emerging about creative solutions that we must hold on to as we plough through this – digital technology and virtual reaching out being the most obvious one.

The Recipe for a Whole School Approach – We need to talk about Children's Men... It is such a privilege to be asked by Parent’s Voices in Wales to share one parent’s story about what got her and her son through the crippling anxiety that every school day would start with.

The Recipe for a Whole School Approach – We need to talk about Children's Men...

It feels really timely as the consultation on the Whole School Approach closes, the review of Mind Over Matter is published and the Youth Parliament share their report, all in time for World Mental Health Day. It highlights the power of relationships and that it is the little things that make the biggest difference. As a psychologist there is so much in this I could link with the evidence around school culture – from belonging, agency, efficacy, empathy and care….but it speaks for itself so I have just highlighted the key ‘ingredients’ that stood out for me.

These ingredients apply to all children, young people, parents and carers and of course, teachers too. Mental Health Stigmas Explained. Behaviorism and Mental Health. Lgbtqnation. A lesbian is speaking out about 12 years of imprisonment in a hospital, forced medication, and over 200 electroconvulsive therapy treatments because of her sexuality.


Joan Bellingham, 67, is one of many survivors telling their stories as part of a national inquiry in New Zealand into abuse in state and faith-based care facilities from 1950 to 2000, and she said the abuse started because she wouldn’t hide her sexual orientation. Related: Christian couple rejected as foster parents because they’d send a gay kid to conversion therapy “I have been gay for as long as I can remember,” Bellingham said, according to the Ontago Daily Times. Suicide Prevention Charity. L.php?u= Why it's Healthy to be Afraid in a Crisis - Mad in the UK.

Writing in The Guardian, clinical psychologist Dr.

Why it's Healthy to be Afraid in a Crisis - Mad in the UK

Lucy Johnstone says it is wrong to view our natural fears as mental health disorders. As a mental health professional, I disagree with the message in Paul Daley’s article (We face a pandemic of mental health disorders, 24 March). We’re not facing “a pandemic of severe mental health disorders”. Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder Is Often Flawed. THIS PAST JUNE renowned clinical psychologist Marsha M.

Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder Is Often Flawed

Linehan of the University of Washington made a striking admission. Known for her pioneering work on borderline personality disorder (BPD), a severe and intractable psychiatric condition, 68-year-old Linehan announced that as an adolescent, she had been hospitalized for BPD. Suicidal and self-destructive, the teenage Linehan had slashed her limbs repeatedly with knives and other sharp objects and banged her head violently against the hospital walls. The hospital’s discharge summary in 1963 described her as “one of the most disturbed patients in the hospital.” Happy Cafes & Social Prescribing: choosing people over pills. DBT's Best: Your #1 Resource On Dialectical Behavior Therapy (12 Skills + PDF) Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an interestingly named treatment.

DBT's Best: Your #1 Resource On Dialectical Behavior Therapy (12 Skills + PDF)

With no prior knowledge of what it is, it would be hard to figure out what it is a treatment for! If you’re as lost as I was when I first heard the term, then you’ve come to the right place. In this piece, you will learn what DBT is, how it works, and some of the most useful and applicable components of treatment. Whether you are someone who is thinking about participating in DBT, a therapist who would like to offer DBT treatment to your clients, or just a curious individual, read on to learn about DBT! A Revolutionary Approach to Treating PTSD. Photo Bessel van der Kolk sat cross-legged on an oversize pillow in the center of a smallish room overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur.

A Revolutionary Approach to Treating PTSD

He wore khaki pants, a blue fleece zip-up and square wire-rimmed glasses. His feet were bare. It was the third day of his workshop, “Trauma Memory and Recovery of the Self,” and 30 or so workshop participants — all of them trauma victims or trauma therapists — lined the room’s perimeter. They, too, sat barefoot on cushy pillows, eyeing van der Kolk, notebooks in hand. Van der Kolk began as he often does, with a personal anecdote. The exercise, which van der Kolk calls a “structure” but which is also known as psychomotor therapy, was developed by Albert Pesso, a dancer who studied with Martha Graham. Neuroception: The Missing Piece in our Children's Mental Health Crisis. Vital Signs: Estimated Proportion of Adult Health Problems Attributable to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Implications for Prevention — 25 States, 2015–2017. Approximately three fifths of the adults among the 25-state study population experienced at least one type of adverse childhood experience, and approximately one in six reported experiencing four or more types of adverse childhood experiences.

This study found that adverse childhood experiences are associated with leading causes of morbidity and mortality and with poor socioeconomic outcomes in adulthood. Persons reporting more types of adverse childhood experiences were at highest risk. These findings are consistent with those from similar analyses conducted in England, Europe, and North America (1,2) and suggest that preventing adverse childhood experiences might reduce occurrences of the outcomes examined, with potential reductions ranging from 1.7% (overweight or obesity) to 44.1% (depression). Given these findings, preventing adverse childhood experiences could have broad positive health, social, and economic impacts. System for Mental Health Diagnosis Is Corrupt, Some Experts Say. Source: Emile Guillemot/Unsplash As a therapist, I have always been careful to recognize that there is a vast gulf between diagnosable problems seen through the lens of clinical expertise and the essence and worth, strengths and hopes of the person before me.

Make no mistake: diagnosis can be clarifying, helpful, and even critical. System for Mental Health Diagnosis Is Corrupt, Some Experts Say. Staircase of Oppression in “Mental Health” Section for General Practice, Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Bergen, Norway Abstract Objectives: This article aims to present an Oppression Model describing how and explaining why doctors sometimes take up the role of oppressor in clinical practice, and to furthermore create change by proposing alternatives.

The model is intended to increase awareness of power issues in medical practitioners, thus creating an urge for empowering practices. What is worry. Report_-_beyond_adversity. Anatomy of a Suicide: Stress and the Human Condition. I remember saying to my therapist that I must be doing something wrong. Life felt so hard. Why was I struggling so much? I would have given anything to fit in with the favored crowd — the commendable, worthwhile, socially entitled, who wear success like a loose garment, bedecked with grace and ease. Why couldn’t I just follow my dreams and the latest instructions from Oprah, Dr. Phil or Martha Stewart Living and pull prosperity casually, effortlessly out of my trendy, warm, chunky, soft-stretch, cable-knit beanie?

Wasn’t that the point of popular media, celebrity talk shows, and mainstream self-help? Black and minority ethnic mental health patients 'marginalised' under coaliti... After decades of lobbying governments to address the disproportionately poor outcomes of people from black and minority ethnic groups (BME) in mental health services in Britain, psychiatrist Suman Fernando claims that under the coalition government there is a "huge" risk of race "falling under the radar altogether".

Fernando, 80, has this week launched his latest initiative, an informal inquiry into the effects on individuals of a diagnosis of schizophrenia – a serious condition applied to some groups more than others, and especially to black men. "When the label of schizophrenia is attached to people it can cause serious problems through increasing stigma and undermining the humanity of people," he explains. "They have walked away from it completely," he says of the coalition's attitude to addressing racial disparities in mental health diagnosis and treatment.

"You can't mention equalities [within the Department of Health]. There is a sense that race is off the agenda. Suman Fernando - Master Class Two. Suman Fernando Master Class One. Suman Fernando Master Class One. Oprah Winfrey talks with Thich Nhat Hanh Excerpt - Powerful. Psychosis and Institutional Racism - Suman Fernando. I Understanding 'Mental Illness' Understanding ‘Mental Illness’ David Ingleby Reprinted from Ingleby D (ed) Critical Psychiatry.

The Politics of Mental Health. Disparities in Patient Experiences, Health Care Processes, and Outcomes: The ... Executive Summary While Hispanics, African Americans, and Native Americans represent more than 25 percent of the U.S. population, they comprise fewer than 6 percent of doctors and 9 percent of nurses. Minority patients frequently are treated by professionals from a different ethnic background in so-called race-discordant relationships. Many research studies provide a strong rationale for increasing diversity among health professionals. Shame - Psychotherapy Treatment And Psychotherapist Information. We need to treat borderline personality disorder for what it really is – a response to trauma. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a highly stigmatised and misunderstood condition. Australians with BPD face considerable barriers to accessing high-quality and affordable care, according to new research published today. For every 100 patients we treat in inpatient psychiatric wards, 43 will have BPD.

People with this condition are vulnerable, impulsive, and highly susceptible to criticism – yet they continue to face stigma and discrimination when seeking care. Panic info sheet. Distractions and Alternatives to Self-Harm. News analysis: Controversial mental health guide DSM-5. DSM 5 Is Guide Not Bible—Ignore Its Ten Worst Changes. This is the saddest moment in my 45 year career of studying, practicing, and teaching psychiatry. The Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association has given its final approval to a deeply flawed DSM 5 containing many changes that seem clearly unsafe and scientifically unsound.

The Evolution of the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders. List of mental health apps. 55 Steps: A Battle Cry Against Forced 'Treatment’ For us All - Mad in the UK. Editor’s note: This blog originally appeared on Rai Waddingham’s Behind the Label. Guidelines on Language web. Home - Mad in the UK. The diagnosis question. Why what we think we know about schizophrenia is wrong. I remember the first time I forcibly medicated a person against his will. Psychiatry in Need of “Fundamental Rethinking” Explainer: JCHR report on the detention of young people with learning disabilties and/or autism. Brain hack: the quest for new treatments for eating disorders. Dismay over psychiatrists’ failure to speak out on ‘abusive’ universal credit...

Advice to Young Psychiatrists From a Very Old One: Page 2 of 2. Cutting and Self-Harm. I had a black dog, his name was depression. The link between stress and depression … and the 10 simple words that could help. Early trauma affects birds’ song memory : Deakin Invenio. You are where you live: health, wealth and the built environment. Sick and suicidal: plight of women in UK jails.

The fine dopamine line between creativity and schizophrenia. West Lane Hospital patient speaks out after four-year stay. 'Deep breath, cup of tea, long walk': nine ways to stay calm in a crisis. 15 Behaviors We Don’t Always Recognize Are Self-Harm. I Now Suspect the Vagus Nerve Is the Key to Well-being. Clinical Intersections: What About Us? The Mental Health of Social Workers - ... Work with women and girls? It’s time to reject psychiatry. Wordables - A poem about anxiety by Jae Nichelle. Jae Nichelle - Love them. □ Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness. Topical index: critical thinking. 15 Styles of Distorted Thinking.