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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Haiku on Close/ Believe/ Tell/ Nothing

Close

I'm scratching my head
Point close to the confusion
In my struggling brain

Close your mind gently
Settle it down next to mine
Then switch off the light

Children brought up close
One travels Spain, one Japan
Third in Korea

Believe

Peer out the window
Winter sun warming the view
I believe it's cold

Mango flowers burst
Holding their bright heads up high
They believe in bees

Peace full garden lunch
Honeyeater squawks offence
Does not believe us

Tell

Please tell me the truth
Does this suit make me look fat?
Do not answer that...

You're a tell tale tit
Your tongue is likely to split
And become dog food

Wrinkles tell my age
Also speak of brilliant life
Rich experience

Nothing

I know the whole truth
I am nothing without you
Just an empty shell

Nothing at all moved
Except one tall blade of grass
Storm is on its way

The still of the night
Nothing moves in the darkness
Except you, breathing

Monday, October 27, 2014

National Suicide Prevention Strategies: A Comparison (FREE PDF DOWNLOAD)

This seminal work examines national suicide prevention strategies that had been in place for 10 years or more. The key question (examined by comparing annual rates of suicide for each country for years before compared with years after) was "Did the strategy reduce rates of suicide?" It appears that national strategies can and do work, and we then attempt to answer the questions as to how this may occur.
"Suicide is a behaviour, sometimes planned over time, but often impulsive. It can sometimes be predicted, but often is quite unpredictable. There are many life patterns that may lead to suicide. These may include the bright young person from a caring family who seems to be happy and successful but at a moment in time has some ‘bruise’ to their sense of self and decides and acts within minutes; the person whose life has always seemed to be in chaos, where the struggle against exclusion frequently gets to be too much, and the attempt to find relief and solace in medication was misjudged; the middle‐aged woman with severe depression, not yet responding to treatment and support where a chronic sense of hopelessness and nihilism leads to the carefully made decision; the person with a psychotic illness who appears to be improving, is released from an inpatient unit and goes home to find their life is unchanged, and the spectre of long term illness has added more burden; the elderly man who has lost a spouse, his work and a sense of meaning, and feels that life is over.
Along the pathway to suicide, there are many risks that can increase the likelihood of suicide, or bring the likelihood forward. Risks may be biological (as in the gene which controls serotonin synthesis, and therefore depression); or risks may come from family or social interaction (for example from violence or abuse); or risks may be related to societal factors (such as chronic unemployment or social exclusion); or cultural (for instance at least in the first and second generations, Greek migrants may have a very low risk compared to those who migrate from the Baltic States). One very common risk is the abuse of alcohol – we know that more than 80% of suicides have alcohol in their blood stream, while nearly 25% have levels of alcohol that normally cause drunkenness (Smith, Branas and Miller, 1999). On the other hand, there are protective factors that may support someone with even the most intrusive of suicidal thoughts, or mitigate some of the other risks. As an example we know that connectedness to other people is highly protective against suicide in the context of suicidal thinking.Any national strategy purporting to be comprehensive has to manage this complexity. The full picture from biological risk and protection to societal risk and protection must be fully understood and integrated, and strategies put in place at all relevant levels, and for all appropriate contexts."
(Text taken from the introduction to this work)




Martin, G. & Page, A., 2009. National Suicide Prevention Strategies: a Comparison. The University of Queensland. ISBN 978-0-9808207-9-9. Commissioned review, DOHA, Canberra. Downloadable in pdf format from http://www.suicidepreventionstudies.org/index.html Alternate source: http://www.livingisforeveryone.com.au/Library.aspx?PageID=60&ItemID=1443    

Seeking Solutions to Self-injury: A Guide for Family Doctors

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But if you manage self-injury in a positive solution-focused way, your patient will thrive, your consultation will be brief and successful, they may not have to return for further care, and you may have saved a life.
How to manage self-injury, self-harm and suicidality in your practice. Real Solutions and practical strategies for Self Injury. A brief guide for family doctors, written in straight forward language.


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Seeking Solutions to Self-injury: A Guide for Emergency Staff

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But if you manage self-injury in a positive solution-focused way, your patient will thrive, and not need to return to your emergency department.
How to manage self-injury, self-harm and suicidality in your department. Real Solutions and practical strategies for Self Injury. A brief guide for emergency staff, written in straight forward language.


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Seeking Solutions to Self-injury: A Guide for School Staff

How to manage self-injury, self-harm and suicidality in your school. Real Solutions and practical strategies for Self Injury. A brief guide for school staff, written in straight forward language.


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Seeking Solutions to Self-injury: A Guide for Families

Real Solutions and practical strategies for Self Injury. A brief guide for families, written in straight forward language.

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Seeking Solutions to Self Injury; A Guide for Young People

Real Solutions and practical strategies for Self Injury. A brief guide for Young People, written in straight forward language.