Approximately half of people who take their own life have previously made a suicide attempt. People who survive are therefore at high risk of ending their own life later.
A new project, led by Dr Rina Dutta at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King’s College London, will aim to predict who is most at risk, and when, by analysing data from electronic medical records. Identifying warning signs may then allow healthcare professionals to intervene before a serious suicide attempt is made.
The project, called e-HOST-IT (Electronic health records to predict HOspitalised Suicide attempts: Targeting Information Technology), is being led by Dr Dutta, from the Department of Psychological Medicine at the IoP at King’s. The funding was awarded by the Academy of Medical Sciences, as a Clinician Scientist Fellowship.
Dr Dutta will use data from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s anonymised electronic mental health records system, CRIS, developed by the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.
Dr Rina Dutta says: “What we know about why people make suicide attempts lags behind our understanding of other life-threatening problems. One reason is stigma. Studying risk factors in detail has also been difficult, because health records have been handwritten and kept in paper files. Predicting who is most at risk and when is the riskiest time is a huge challenge.”
She adds: “The NHS aims to be paperless by 2018. Now is the ideal time to see whether warning signs of a serious suicide attempt could be picked up early using anonymised electronic medical records. These warning markers could be changes in symptoms, behaviours or healthcare service use, which happen before a suicide attempt.”
With help from Mind, Dr Dutta has actively involved patients in the design and planning of the research to ensure it is patient-centred. The aim of the project is that the information be used to help health professionals personalise care for people most at risk. The long-term goal is that as professionals use the electronic records system in their day-to-day work, they will be directly alerted to high risk times for their patients. Finally, Dr Dutta also aims to develop prevention strategies and self-management tools by feedback of patterns indicating risk to individual patients.
An event for Brain Awareness Week 2014 was held by Maudsley Learning at the ORTUS. There were lots of activities, stalls and learning about the mind and the Brain. Matthew Mckenzie met many people there in order to help raise awareness about the Brain.
Matthew has done a great video blog about the event. It is really interesting and informative and well worth a look!
Matthew also took some lovely pictures which you can find on our Facebook page:
Thank you Matthew for covering this event so well.
Summary of discussions – SLaM service user and carer advisory groups for mood, anxiety & personality disorder services, and emergency access, complex care and clinical neurosciencesPosted: February 6, 2014
The departments that manage the services at South London & Maudsely NHS Foundation Trust have ‘advisory groups’ where service users and carers come together to advise on and discuss developments. 2 of these groups produce a brief summary of their discussions. The purpose is to let interested people know what is being discussed. Please circulate as appropriate.
With best wishes,
Patient & Public Involvement Lead – Mood Anxiety & Personality CAG and Psychological Medicine CAG
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Lewisham Mental Health and Wellbeing Day
Tuesday 19th November 2013 at the Civic Suite, Catford
This event was hosted by The Lewisham Mental Health Partnership Board (which includes NHS Lewisham CCG, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Lewisham Adult Services and London Borough of Lewisham).
The Mental Health & Wellbeing Stakeholder Event provided an opportunity for all ‘stakeholders’ i.e. people with an interest in mental health, to come together and discuss mental health service provision in Lewisham. Whether they were interested in finding out more about mental health, wanted to get involved in discussions about community mental health teams, or just to pop in to pick up a leaflet or even stay for the whole event.
Matthew has done great blogs of this event – an audio blog, a slideshow blog as well as taking photos.
You can find them all here:
Slideshow blog: http://youtu.be/0DEP4DlsPLw
Transcript of the blogs: http://www.scribd.com/doc/186955832/Lewisham-Mental-Health-and-Wellbeing-Day-19th-November-2013
All well worth a look and a listen!
The departments that manage the services at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust have ‘advisory groups’ where service users and carers come together to advise on and discuss developments.
The Mood, Anxiety & Personality (MAP) Clinical Academic Group – is an organisational structure which manages services for mood, anxiety & personality disorder across the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). Most advisory group members have experience of using mental health services or of being a family member/carer of someone who does. Other members include senior managers. They meet every month and their aim is to keep the views of service users at the heart of all service developments and improvements. To make sure that people know what is being discussed in their meetings the group produces a brief summary of their discussions.
Matthew has done a video of the summary of the MAP CAG Service User Advisory group – October meeting:
He has also done an audio of summary of this meeting:
The Psychological Medicine Clinical Academic Group (CAG) runs services across the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). The services include emergency access services (such as home treatment services, A&E psychiatric liaison), complex care services (such as eating disorders, chronic fatigue, mother & baby services) and neurosciences services (such as brain injury). Advisory group members have experience of services either as service users or family members/carers. They work with the senior managers to keep the views of service users and carers at the heart of all service developments and improvements. To make sure that people know what is being discussed the group produces a brief summary of their discussion.
Matthew has done a video of the summary of the Psychological Medicine CAG Service User Advisory Group – October Meeting:
He has also down an audio of the summary of this meeting: