New Approaches to Preventing Suicide: A Manual for Practitioners

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Tony Ryan, David Duffy
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Sep 15, 2004 - Psychology - 384 pages
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Written by front line professionals in the fields of nursing, mental health, prison services and the law, this text is an essential companion to the government's new suicide prevention strategy. The contributors offer a wealth of practical guidance on issues such as risk assessment and management in a range of settings, policy and the legal framework around suicide. Exploring the links between self-harm and suicide, the authors present international approaches to training in suicide prevention for professionals and preventative initiatives targeting wider communities. They debate the legality and morality of assisted self-harm and analyse the rate and causes of suicide among specific groups, including Black and minority ethnic groups, people in custody and people with mental illnesses. This manual provides health, social care and criminal justice professionals with all the most up-to-date information needed to make a positive contribution to suicide prevention in institutional and community settings.
 

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Contents

Foreword
11
1 Introduction
13
2 Assessing Suicide Risk
20
3 Primary Care
39
4 AE and Mental Health Liaison
54
5 Mental Health Inpatient Settings
69
6 Community Mental Health Services
83
7 Young Men
99
14 Using Audit
213
15 Carrying Out Internal Reviews of Serious Incidents
227
16 Developing Training Packages
244
17 International Perspectives in Suicide Prevention Education and Training
258
18 Supporting Staff and Patients after a Suicide
274
Working with Everyone Everywhere
291
An Example of Voluntary Sector Work
305
21 Community WholeSystem Approaches
320

8 Prisons
114
9 Black and Minority Ethnic Groups
130
Some Legal Considerations
148
11 Shouting at the Spaceman A Conversation about Selfharm
167
12 Adolescents and Developmental Group Psychotherapy
178
13 The Role of the National Confidential Inquiry in Relation to Suicide Prevention
194
22 Useful Resources
343
The Contributors
365
Subject Index
373
Author Index
381
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About the author (2004)

David Duffy is a nurse consultant specialising in suicide and self-harm, employed by Bolton Salford and Trafford Mental Health NHS Trust. He has over twenty years' experience in mental health care. David has served as a panel member for a number of External Inquiries into homicides and suicides, has researched and published extensively on suicide, and is the lead author of the NIMHE Suicide Prevention Toolkit. Tony Ryan is Director of Tony Ryan Associates, an Associate Consultant with the National Institute for Mental Health in England (North West) and an Associate Consultant for the Health and Social Care Advisory Service and has worked in service development since June 2000. He has experience as a mental health nurse in the NHS and edited Managing Crisis and Risk in Mental Health Nursing (1999). Tony has published on a wide range of topics including service development, mental health policy, nursing practice and research methodology.

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