Connecting with People SAFETool Triage

Powerpoint presentation showing screenshots from the SystmOne SAFETool triage implementation.

An Interview with Dr Alys Cole-King

First published in The Sport and Exercise Scientist, Issue 44, Summer 2015. Published by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences - www.bases.org.uk 

NSPA Review 2013-14 and 2014-15

The latest annual review from the National Suicide Prevention Alliance highlights the work of Connecting with People.

Hey kid, are you OK? A story of suicide survived

Kevin Hines, Alys Cole-King and Mel Blaustein

Kevin Hines gives a high-impact and deeply poignant account of his suicidal crisis, which culminated in an attempt to end his life, and an inspirational account of his recovery and return to mental well-being.

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Suicide prevention: are we doing enough?

Alys Cole-King, Victoria Parker, Helen Williams and Stephen Platt

Healthcare professionals require an understanding of how the behaviour and characteristics of both patients and assessors can affect suicide risk identification and response. This article reviews the literature on how we currently assess suicide risk and considers the need for a paradigm shift in how healthcare professionals engage with and assess suicidal patients. It also reviews some of the evidence base for interventions to mitigate the risk of suicide and promotes pragmatic and compassionate interventions.

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Suicide mitigation: a compassionate approach to suicide prevention

Alys Cole-King, Gill Green, Linda Gask, Kevin Hines and Stephen Platt

The death of a patient by suicide can severely affect mental health professionals, particularly if it occurs despite major efforts to intervene. Notwithstanding the difficulties faced by clinicians, suicide prevention remains of paramount importance in order to help save lives. This article seeks to promote a pragmatic and compassionate biopsychosocial response using evidence-based interventions to reduce suicide. It introduces practical strategies that psychiatrists can use in everyday clinical practice, in particular the paradigm shift of suicide mitigation to help prevent suicide. We believe that every encounter with a suicidal person is an opportunity to intervene to reduce their distress and, potentially, to save a life. We believe that it is no longer acceptable for clinicians to state that if patients wish to kill themselves they can do so, in the absence of any attempt at a compassionate intervention.

(Full paper behind paywall)

4 areas approach for assessing AED patients following self-harm

A Cole-King & S Wadman, H Hughes, J Bethel, M Dennis, J Butler & A John

Mental Health in Emergency Departments - A toolkit for improving care

Connecting with People are delighted to have collaborated with the College of Emergency Medicine in the development of their new Mental Health Toolkit:

Service provision for patients with mental health issues can be very challenging to resolve. Frequently Emergency Department (ED) and mental health are provided by discrete organisations, and offering a seamless service to the patient can seem impossible. Much of the commissioning structure for mental health is based around different geographical and logistical domains when compared to acute services. This often results in suboptimal or absent services to patients attending the ED with mental health needs.

The College of Emergency Medicine toolkit provides several resources that EDs can use to develop and improve the care provided to patients with mental health issues. Resources include guidelines, example assessment aids, example business cases and standards for EDs.

Compassionate care: the theory and the reality

Dr Alys Cole-King & Prof Paul Gilbert

A  review of the scientific evidence for the role of compassion in healthcare including an overview of the challenges and potential options to reduce the barriers of embedding compassion in clinical care.

RCGP RCPsych Suicide Mitigation in Primary Care factsheet June 2012

Dr Alys Cole-King, Dr Ian Walton, Prof Linda Gask, Prof Carolyn Chew-Graham, Prof Stephen Platt

A factsheet outlining the role of primary care in suicide mitigation: a practical overview of assessing and safely responding to suicidal patients in primary care developed on behalf of the RCGP/RCPsych Primary care Mental Health Forum.

Following on from the development of the Connecting with People training a range of compassionate public education resources have been developed with our collaborators for the Royal College of Psychiatrists:

Feeling on the edge: helping you get through it

A leaflet designed for people in distress attending the Emergency Department following self harm or with suicidal thoughts.

Feeling overwhelmed: helping you stay safe

A leaflet for anybody struggling to cope when bad things happen in their life.

U Can Cope

A leaflet designed to help young people develop the ability to cope with difficulties in their life.