With young people’s mental health hitting the headlines, a Bristol-developed free app giving people easy, quick and discreet access to reliable information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts is now included on the NHS Apps Library. What does the distrACT app do? distrACT provides relevant information and advice – all in one single location –…
Research: Building an online community to promote communication and collaborative learning between health professionals and young people who self-harm
Online communities are known to break down barriers between supposed experts and non-experts and to promote collaborative learning and ‘radical trust’ among members. Young people who self-harm report difficulties in communicating with health professionals, and vice versa. The researchers sought to bring these two groups together online to see how well they could communicate with each other about self-harm and its management, and whether they could agree on what constituted safe and relevant advice. Young people were keen to share their lived experience with health professionals. Despite registering to take part, health professionals did not actively participate in the forums. In their absence, the young people built a vibrant lay community, supported by site moderators.
Royal College of Psychiatrists publishs new leaflets to help those with suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harming
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has published three new information leaflets to help people who are distressed, are experiencing suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harming. The leaflets have been published in the run-up to World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September. On 10 September a film– also called U Can Cope – was launched by a partnership of over 100 organisations (including the Royal College of Psychiatrists) promotes the message that there is always hope and there is always help.
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