Library Mental Health bulletins

Lancashire Care Library and Information Service, July 2017

This week’s Library Mental Health bulletins are on Suicide Prevention and Depression.

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Mersey Care advancing suicide prevention app

digitalhealth, June 2017

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is advancing in its plans to develop an app which anticipates and responds to suicide risk.  The mental health trust has been working with California’s Stanford University to  develop the application.  A prototype has been created and researchers are now preparing a feasibility study to explore the usability and performance of the digital platform.  Mersey Care chief executive Joe Rafferty told Digital Health News that the app will offer a more sophisticated way of identifying those who may be at risk of suicide.

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Dying from inequality: socioeconomic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour

The Samaritans, March 2017

This report links higher risk of suicide with inequality and calls for greater awareness of the risks of suicide and for direct support to those with unstable employment, insecure housing, low income or in areas of socioeconomic deprivation.

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Preventing suicides: staff perspectives

Centre for Mental Health, February 2017

This report is based on interviews with health care staff working in prisons and those reviewing clinical care following suicide deaths. It finds that the majority of prisoners have multiple and complex needs including poor mental health, but many do not get access to mental health support. It concludes that prisons need to shift from a primarily punitive approach to a culture centred on wellbeing, recovery and rehabilitation.  The report makes recommendations to improve safety and wellbeing of prisoners.

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