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Responding to Violence, Suicide, Psychosis and Trauma

Managing Dangerous Psychotic Behaviour – On YouTube

Iain Bourne discusses the principles underpinning Psychosis Containment Skills – or the interactive, face-face professional skills used in responding to immediately dangerous  psychotic behaviour. Features include the relationship between psychosis and violence; dysphoric vs reactive drivers; how to spot whether the psychosis is driving the behaviour; the differential role of hallucinations, delusions and paranoia; the involvement of persecutory and command auditory hallucinations; the psychotic vs non-psychotic world; changes in the sensory filtering system; personal space and catastrophic reactions.

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YouTube Video for “Facing Danger in the Helping Professions”


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“Facing Danger” now available in Kindle format

Amazon have now made “Facing Danger in the Helping Professions” available in Kindle Format. Click here for more information.

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Facing Danger in the Helping Professions

Just received a copy and I have to say it’s a great read! Get a copy – available via Amazon or through the Open University Press – recommend it to friends and review it on Amazon.

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Suicide Rates Rise in UK

According to the Office of National Statistics the suicide rate for men aged 45-59 in the UK is now the highest since 1986. Against a trend over the past two decades that has seen suicide rates gradually falling, suicide rates are now rising again for both men and women wih highest suicide rates being among men aged 30-44. According to stephen Platt at Edinburgh University disadvantages midlle aged men face a perfect storm of “unemployment, deprivation, social isolation, changing definitions of what it is to be a man, alcohol misuse, labour market and demographic changes that have had a dramatic effect on their work, relationships and very identity.” Next month the government will award research contracts worth £1.5m to develop new initiatives as part of a “refreshed” suicide prevention strategy.

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PTSD and the Amygdala’s Fear Regulating Function

An interesting piece of research throwing further light on the role of the Amygdala and it’s fear regulating function. Interestingly the authors suggest that the size of the amygdala may predict vulnerability to PTSD>

PTSD linked to smaller brain area regulating fear response.

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Young People who Die in Custody

An important report from the Prison Reform Trust:

Click to access Fatally%20Flawed.pdf

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Self-harm, Risk and the Penal System

It can only get better! Follow the link below for more information.

Click to access per-thematic.pdf

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Study reveals brain injury link with youth offending

By Neil Puffett, Friday 19 October 2012

Hundreds of children are being drawn into youth custody because of failures to identify or provide support for brain injuries and neurological conditions, a report by the Children’s Commissioner for England has found.

The study found that rates of traumatic brain injury run as high as 76 per cent in youth custody compared to up to 24 per cent in the general population.

It highlights that although the symptoms of brain injuries are often not spotted, they can make young people more likely to offend due to factors such as hyperactivity, impulsivity, communication difficulties and feelings of alienation.

The report also found that between 60 and 90 per cent of young offenders have speech and language difficulties, and one in 10 may have an autistic spectrum disorder.

The report makes a series of recommendations including a call for assessments in schools, so that young people with brain injuries can be identified as soon as behavioural issues are identified.

In addition, it recommends that all staff in education, family intervention projects, social services and primary health care settings should be provided with the training and support needed to understand issues relating to neurodisability, and refer children to relevant specialist services.

It also calls on the Youth Justice Board, Department of Health and local youth justice agencies to ensure that young people with neurodevelopmental disorders are diverted out of the youth justice system.

Children’s commissioner Maggie Atkinson said the report raises “serious questions” about whether significant numbers of children in the youth justice system have the ability to understand the whole process from arrest through to sentencing.

“Our failure to identify neurodevelopmental disorders and put in place measures to prevent young people with such conditions from offending is a tragedy,” she said.

“It affects the victims of their crimes, the children themselves, their families, the services seeking to change offenders’ lives for the better, and wider society.”

The report has been published on the same day as a separate study on brain injuries and offending by the Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A), which makes similar recommendations in relation to early intervention and identification.

Huw Williams, who authored the T2A report, said it is rare that brain injury is considered by criminal justice professionals when assessing the needs of an offender.

“The young brain, being a work in progress, is prone to ‘risk taking’ and so is more vulnerable to getting injured in the first place, and to suffer subtle to more severe problems in attention, concentration and managing one’s mood and behaviour,” he added.

“Brain injury has been shown to be a condition that may increase the risk of offending, and it is also a strong ‘marker’ for other key factors that indicate risk for offending.”

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Bipolar disorder, creativity & writers

here is an interesting study from Sweden investigating the link between mental illness and creativity:


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