New practical resources to support people who have attempted suicide – Beyond Blue – 21 July 2014

Posted on July 22, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

New practical resources to support people who have attempted suicide – Beyond Blue – 21 July 2014

“beyondblue has launched a new set of practical resources for people recovering from a suicide attempt and their families.

beyondblue and the Hunter Institute of Mental Health created the new resources which feature real-life experiences of people who have attempted suicide or supported loved ones in their recovery.

The three new booklets, proudly funded with donations from the Movember Foundation, include:

Finding your way back- for people who have attempted suicide

Guiding their way back- for people supporting someone after a suicide attempt

Finding our way back, specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (with input from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and individuals).

Unlike previous suicide prevention resources, these booklets include frank accounts and practical advice from people who’ve attempted suicide, and suggestions for families and friends on what they can do to support someone in their recovery.”

… continues on the site

 

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Management of suicidal behaviour: a review of evidence for models of care: an Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the NSW Ministry of Health – March 2014

Posted on June 6, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Management of suicidal behaviour: a review of evidence for models of care: an Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the NSW Ministry of Health – March 2014

Matheson SL, Shepherd AM, Carr VJ

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Reporting suicide and mental illness: A Mindframe resource for media professionals – 2 April 2014

Posted on April 3, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Reporting suicide and mental illness: A Mindframe resource for media professionals – 2 April 2014

“Media reporting and commenting on suicide and mental illness will be assisted by an improved national guide.

Reporting suicide and mental illness: A Mindframe resource for media professionals is the result of two years of consultation between the media and the mental health and suicide prevention sectors.

Mindframe, funded by the Department of Health, is the national authority on the portrayal of suicide and mental illness in the media, providing education and training for both media and the mental health and suicide prevention sectors.

Key changes to the guide include shorter, clearer advice to support journalists to understand the risks involved when reporting on suicide and mental illness; and new, helpful ways to minimise these risks.

There is clearer guidance on language to avoid stigmatising people living with or developing a mental illness and advice to the media who may be at risk themselves.

There are also new guidelines for the online environment.”

 

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RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit – 2014

Posted on February 11, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit – 2014

“Evaluating suicide prevention programs can be challenging because suicide is a rare event, data on suicides often lag by several years, and programs tend to have multiple components, making it difficult to discern which characteristics contributed to a given outcome. The RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit was designed to help program staff overcome these common challenges to evaluating and planning improvements to their programs. It begins by walking users through the process of developing a program logic model that ties program activities to intermediate outcomes, helping staff better understand the drivers of any changes in long-term outcomes, such as suicide rates. It then offers information about the latest evaluation research, helps users design an evaluation that is appropriate for their program type and available resources and expertise, supports the selection of measures for new evaluations and to augment or enhance ongoing evaluations, and offers basic guidance on how to analyze and use evaluation data for program improvement. Through checklists, worksheets, and templates, the toolkit takes users step by step through the process of identifying whether their programs produce beneficial effects, ultimately informing the responsible allocation of scarce resources. The toolkit’s design and content are the result of a rigorous, systematic review of the program evaluation literature to identify evaluation approaches, measures, and tools used elsewhere and will be particularly useful to coordinators and directors of suicide prevention programs in the U.S. Department of Defense, Veterans Health Administration, community-based settings, and state and local health departments. A companion report, Development and Pilot Test of the RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit, offers additional background on the toolkit’s design and refinement.”

Development and Pilot Test of the RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit – 2014

“Evaluations are critical for assessing the impact of U.S. Department of Defense investments in suicide prevention and can be used as the basis for decisions about whether to sustain or scale up existing efforts. The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury asked RAND to draw from the scientific literature and create a toolkit to guide future evaluations of suicide prevention programs. The resulting toolkit is designed to help program staff determine whether their programs produce beneficial effects and, ultimately, to guide the responsible allocation of scarce resources. This report summarizes the three complementary methods used to develop the RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit: an examination of the peer-reviewed evaluation literature and clinical trials, a review of other evaluation toolkits, and feedback from staff responsible for implementing suicide prevention programs in the Department of Defense. It is intended to serve as both a companion and supplement to the toolkit and offers additional background on its development and testing.”

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Preventing suicide in England: One year on First annual report on the cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives – 17 January 2014

Posted on January 20, 2014. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Preventing suicide in England: One year on First annual report on the cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives – 17 January 2014

Information sharing and suicide prevention: consensus statement [UK] – 17 January 2014

Statistical update on suicide [UK] – 17 January 2014

 

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New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013–2016 – Ministry of Health – 27 May 2013

Posted on June 6, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Preventive Healthcare | Tags: |

New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013–2016 – Ministry of Health – 27 May 2013

“Summary

The New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013–2016 outlines a programme of actions that the Government will implement over the next four years. It is a cross-government Action Plan bringing together the work of eight agencies. The Action Plan builds on the previous action plan covering 2008–2012. Both action plans reflect the goals of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006–2016.

The Action Plan includes actions designed to:

address the impact of suicide on families, whānau and communities by strengthening support for family, whānau and communities
build the evidence base, specifically around what works for Māori and Pasifika
extend existing services, specifically addressing geographical gaps in the coverage of services
strengthen suicide prevention targeted to high risk populations who are in contact with agencies.”

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Suicide Data Report, 2012 – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – 1 February 2013

Posted on February 21, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Suicide Data Report, 2012 –  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – 1 February 2013

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Interventions to Prevent Suicide: A Literature Review to Guide Evaluation of California’s Mental Health Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative – RAND – 2012

Posted on January 3, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Preventive Healthcare | Tags: , |

Interventions to Prevent Suicide: A Literature Review to Guide Evaluation of California’s Mental Health Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative – RAND – 2012

by Joie Acosta, Rajeev Ramchand, Lisa H. Jaycox, Amariah Becker, Nicole K. Eberhart

“A number of prevention and early intervention initiatives aim to reduce the incidence of suicide, and the authors evaluate these initiatives by reviewing suicide prevention (SP) literature to learn about SP program effectiveness and the methodologies previously used to evaluate SP programs. Using evidence from the literature review, they provide an overview of the epidemiology of suicides and of non-fatal self-inflicted injuries in California and present a framework for conceptualizing SP programs. They find that identifying whether a SP program was effective at reducing suicide deaths is challenging because suicide is such a rare event. They also find that programs may have differential effects on population subgroups, because suicide rates differ by age, race, and gender. Finally, they determine that SP programs may show immediate reductions in suicide attempts but their long-term effects are uncertain.”

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Our Report Card: A Contributing Life: the 2012 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – National Mental Health Commission – 27 November 2012

Posted on November 27, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Our Report Card: A Contributing Life: the 2012 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – National Mental Health Commission – 27 November 2012

“This first Report Card casts an independent eye over how we as a nation support the estimated 3.2 million Australians each year who live with a mental health difficulty, their families and support people, and how we provide and co-ordinate the services they need.”

Media release:

“Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, has said that Australia can improve the lives of millions of Australians if the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers –through COAG – reaffirm their commitment to mental health and have the courage to respond tenaciously to the first national report card into mental health and suicide prevention.”

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National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action. A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General and of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention – 2012

Posted on September 13, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action. A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General and of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention – 2012

“The 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (the National Strategy) is the result of a joint effort by the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance).

The National Strategy is a call to action that is intended to guide suicide prevention actions in the United States over the next decade. It outlines four strategic directions with 13 goals and 60 objectives that are meant to work together in a synergistic way to prevent suicide in the nation.”

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Suicide Facts: Deaths and intentional self-harm hospitalisations 2010 – NZ Ministry of Health – 15 August 2012

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Suicide Facts: Deaths and intentional self-harm hospitalisations 2010 – NZ Ministry of Health – 15 August 2012

“The publication focuses on deaths and hospitalisations in 2010 and also contains time-trend analyses of suicide deaths from 1948 and intentional self-harm hospitalisations from 1996.”

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National Confidential Inquiry into Homicide and Suicide by People with Mental Illness (NCI) 2012 annual report – University of Manchester – July 2012

Posted on July 19, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Patient Safety | Tags: |

National Confidential Inquiry into Homicide and Suicide by People with Mental Illness (NCI) 2012 annual report – University of Manchester – July 2012

Centre for Suicide Prevention

Extract from the media release:

“New findings show suicides under home treatment in England are almost double ward cases

Deaths by suicide among mental health patients treated at home have reached 150 to 200 a year in England, latest national figures reveal – but suicides among patients on mental health wards continue to fall.

The annual report by the University of Manchester’s National Confidential Inquiry into Homicide and Suicide by People with Mental Illness (NCI) examined homicide and suicide figures for all four countries of the United Kingdom among mental health patients and found in-patient suicides have shown a sustained fall across all countries.  In contrast, the number of suicides by patients receiving home treatment services (also known as crisis resolution services) has increased. The report shows that in 2009 there were 195 suicides by patients treated at home in England, compared to 84 in-patient suicide deaths. Overall, the number of people under home treatment services has increased over recent years and the number of people admitted to in-patient care has decreased.

The NCI report, which was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership on behalf of the Department of Health, England, NHSSPS Northern Ireland, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Channel Islands, recommends mental health services make home treatment teams a priority for suicide prevention.

Louis Appleby, Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Manchester and the government’s health and criminal justice tsar, said: “Death by suicide among in-patients in mental health wards has fallen dramatically over the past decade but the provision of care has increasingly moved into the community, with over 100,000 patients per year treated by crisis resolution teams.  The success in reducing suicide among in-patients now needs to be repeated in patients receiving treatment for acute mental illness at home.”

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Online Training Available for Suicide Prevention Professionals – 3 May 2012

Posted on May 3, 2012. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Online Training Available for Suicide Prevention Professionals – 3 May 2012

“Australians who have attempted or are at risk of suicide or self-harm will benefit from an updated and expanded online training package [for health professionals] produced as part of the Australian Government efforts to tackle suicide.”

“The revised training is now available online and can be accessed through the Australian Psychological Society (APS), which developed the original version of the package in 2008 and oversaw its recent revision.”

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Child deaths – cyber bullying as a risk factor for youth suicide – Queensland Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian – March 2012

Posted on March 27, 2012. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Child deaths – cyber bullying as a risk factor for youth suicide – Queensland Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian – March 2012

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Preventing suicide through community and emergency healthcare. New suicide prevention toolkits for the NHS – NHS Confederation Mental Health Network – December 2011

Posted on December 9, 2011. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Preventing suicide through community and emergency healthcare. New suicide prevention toolkits for the NHS – NHS Confederation Mental Health Network – December 2011

“The prevention of suicide in inpatient mental health settings has long been a focus for clinicians and managers. Understanding what can be done in community, emergency and general practice settings to reduce the number of suicides has presented more of a challenge.

Although the suicide rate in England has been declining steadily over the last ten years, self-harm – an indicator of suicide risk – continues to rise. Times of economic downturn are known to correspond to a rise in the number of suicides, and 2008 saw the first rise in the suicide rate for some years. Policy-makers and service providers recognise that there is no room to be complacent.

This Briefing introduces the National Patient Safety Agency’s (NPSA) new suicide prevention toolkits for community, emergency and general practice staff, launched in December 2011, and outlines their benefits for providers, illustrated by the experience of some pilot sites. The Mental Health Network is happy to support the NPSA and the Department of Health to bring the toolkits to the wider NHS.”

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Self-harm, Suicide and Risk: Helping People who Self-harm – Royal College of Psychiatrists – June 2010

Posted on July 12, 2010. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Self-harm, Suicide and Risk: Helping People who Self-harm – Royal College of Psychiatrists – June 2010

pdf full text College Report CR158 
Approved: Apr 2010
Published: Jun 2010
Number of pages: 138

“Self-harm is poorly understood in society even among those who in their working lives as school teachers, pastors, social workers, housing officers, police, prison officers and even nurses and doctors encounter people who harm themselves. People who harm themselves are subject to stigma and hostility. In contrast to the trends in completed suicide, the incidence of selfharm has continued to rise in the UK over the past 20 years and, for young people at least, is said to be among the highest in Europe. This high level of self-harm among different age and social groups is a worrying feature of our society.
 
The focus of this report is to enquire into and report on why people harm and kill themselves and to consider the role (including the limits of the role) that psychiatrists and other mental healthcare professionals play in their care and treatment. The experiences and views of people who harm themselves as well as those of their carers, health professionals and third-sector workers are central to this enquiry. As there is much policy and guidance on self-harm and suicide prevention, the report does not attempt to retrace this same ground but rather examines the evidence of practice on the ground, including the implementation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on self-harm (National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, 2004).

The report is divided into three parts. In Part I, we give some background information on self-harm in the UK and on understanding why people harm themselves. In Part II, we examine some of the public health policy issues, and in Part III we concentrate on the practice of healthcare professionals and others who work with people who have harmed themselves and are at risk of harming themselves, as evidenced particularly by a survey and consultations with College Members and Faculties. The important role of the third sector is also examined.”

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The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia – report from the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs – 24 June 2010

Posted on June 25, 2010. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia – report from the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs – 24 June 2010

Commonwealth of Australia 2010
ISBN 978-1-74229-209-0

from the Executive Summary
“At least six Australian lives are taken by suicide every day, however there continues to be a lack of public awareness about the impact of suicide on the community. The title of the Committee’s report The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia reflects this situation as well as the hope that increased public attention and support for suicide prevention can reduce the damage it causes. The following summarises the Committee’s recommendations.”  … continues

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Preventing suicide: a toolkit for mental health services – NHS National Patient Safety Agency – 2009

Posted on December 4, 2009. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Preventing suicide: a toolkit for mental health services – NHS National Patient Safety Agency – 2009

The toolkit, originally published in 2003, has been amended to reflect recent policy changes and has had input from key stakeholders, service users, carers and experts.

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A review of suicide statistics in Australia – AIHW – 28 July 2009

Posted on July 28, 2009. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , , , |

A review of suicide statistics in Australia – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Injury research and statistics series no. 49

“A review of suicide statistics in Australia is a detailed report on the statistical processes used to track national suicide rates. Suicide is a matter of considerable public interest and policy significance so reliable statistical information on suicide occurrence is important. This report examines in detail the current methodologies used to track suicide rates, identifying issues with the process of suicide reporting and the extent of, and reason for, any under-enumeration of suicide. Revised estimates are provided and the report provides advice for the future statistical monitoring of suicide and self harm in Australia. This report provides a unique insight into the limitations of current data on suicide rates.”

Authored by Elnour A, Harrison J & Pointer S.

Published 28 July 2009; ISSN 1444-3791; ISBN-13 978 1 74024 911 9; AIHW cat. no. INJCAT 121; 114pp.

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