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The national confidential inquiry into suicide and homicide by people with mental Illness. Annual report: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Authors:
APPLEBY Louis, et al
Publisher:
University of Manchester. Centre for Mental Health and Risk. National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
135
Place of publication:
Manchester

It is reported that suicide by mental health patients had risen, to 1,333 deaths in 2011 (England), following a previous fall. The rise probably reflected the rise in suicide in the general population, which had been attributed to existing economic difficulties. The proportion of patients dying by suicide who were unemployed had risen in England and Northern Ireland. An apparent rise in Scotland was largely explained by a coding change, but the adjusted figure for patient suicide was still comparatively high. Increases in Wales and Northern Ireland were based on small numbers and should be treated with caution. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Prison mental health: vision and reality

Authors:
APPLEBY Louis, et al
Publisher:
Royal College of Nursing
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
25p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

The need for better mental health care in prisons has been evident for some time. Reports throughout the last two decades have shown that prisoners have dramatically higher rates of the whole range of mental health problems compared to the general population. This report examines what has been achieved in prison mental health over recent years from a number of different personal perspectives and individual observations of working in England. It looks at the specific achievements of inreach teams and of efforts to divert offenders from custody. It also looks more broadly at the rapid growth of the prison population during the same period and the treatment of offenders with mental health problems outside as well as inside prison.

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Securing employment for offenders with mental health problems: towards a better way

Authors:
SAMELE Chiara, KEIL Jo, THOMAS Stuart
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
10p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This policy paper examines how to improve the employment prospects of offenders with mental health problems. It is based on a review of published literature and discusses the importance of employment, barriers, current initiatives in England and individual placement and support.

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Offenders: positive practice guide

Author:
NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
Publisher:
National Health Service. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
11p.
Place of publication:
London

The background and policy framework is explained. Offenders' problems gaining access to adequate health and social care services are outlined. Sections then discuss understanding offenders' needs, removing barriers to access, engaging with offenders and training and developing the workforce.

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Diversion: a better way for criminal justice and mental health

Authors:
PARSONAGE Michael, et al
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
64p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Diversion finds that court diversion and liaison schemes in England only work with one in five of the people with mental health problems who go through the criminal justice system. Many opportunities for diversion are being missed and too little is being done to ensure that offenders with mental health problems make continuing use of community mental health services. But in the absence of a clear national policy framework, diversion services have developed in a piecemeal and haphazard way. Many schemes are insecurely funded and there is an unacceptably wide degree of variation in their ways of working. The report looks at the evidence on outcomes and the effectiveness of diversion, it includes information from site visits and looks at whether diversion is good value for money.

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Arson: characteristics and predisposing factors in offenders with intellectual disabilities

Authors:
DEVAPRIAM John, et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Forensic Practice, 9(4), December 2007, pp.23-27.
Publisher:
Emerald

This retrospective study focuses on examining the characteristics of offenders with intellectual disabilities (ID) and the range of identified reasons for the offence. The study population consisted of 1,100 patients with ID who were in contact with psychiatric services at the Leicestershire Frith Hospital. Fifteen patients were identified as having committed arson. The findings indicate a higher prevalence of arson in this population, along with the fact that the majority of people with ID who have committed arson tend to bypass the criminal justice system. A significant number are likely to repeat the behaviour and will also commit other offences. The most common reason for arson appears to be revenge, closely followed by suggestibility. The majority has an associated diagnosis of personality disorders along with Axis 1 psychiatric diagnosis. Other factors include large family size, history of childhood psychiatric disorders, abuse, homelessness, unemployment and relationship difficulties.

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Bridging the gap

Authors:
LART Rachel, SWYER Barbara
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 1.7.97, 1997, pp.30-31.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The needs of prisoners with mental health problems which are not serious enough to fall within the remit of the Mental Health Act 1983 are often ignored, or at best dealt with by shunting the prisoner between agencies. The authors explain the pioneering work of the Wessex Project which was set up to help span the inter-agency divide.

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How to recognise a therapeutic community

Author:
ROBERTS Jeff
Journal article citation:
Prison Service Journal, 111, May 1997, pp.4-7.
Publisher:
Her Majesty's Prison Service of England and Wales

Describes how the Association of Therapeutic Communities, an organisation in the UK which supports Therapeutic Communities, is both surviving and maturing. Despite this the Therapeutic Community remains relatively unrecognised as the major player in the field of mental health which an informed minority think it should be. Outlines the basis for recognition of a Therapeutic Community.

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Law and disorder

Author:
RICKFORD Frances
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 8.6.95, 1995, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

In the wake of the Clunis report, the police are learning to deal more sensitively with mentally ill people. The report recommended that officers are given proper training in mental illness, and that an officer should be appointed at every police station in the UK who had as part of his or her remit the job of leading on mental health issues. Better liaison between the police and local community mental health service was also called for. Looks how there has been a marked increase in awareness by police services of the needs of people with mental health problems.

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Promoting care and justice: report of the Mental Health Foundation's regional conference on improving services for mentally disordered offenders

Editor:
NEWMAN Caroline
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
1994
Pagination:
55p.
Place of publication:
London

Contains conference papers on: defining terms and identifying issues; multi-agency approaches; needs assessment and service delivery; and suggestions for core tasks for improving services to offenders with mental health problems and for research and development work.

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