Lax process criticised in jail suicide
A Christchurch prisoner with severe depression, psychosis, and a history of self-mutilation committed suicide after being transferred from a special care unit to a general cell where he had access to razors. Ref. Source 2
"This above all: to thine own self be true" Hamlet Act I, Sc. III, William Shakespeare
Exercise helps young people with psychosis symptoms, study shows
The long-term prospects for young people who are diagnosed with psychosis are typically poor, with high rates of relapse, unemployment and premature death. The antipsychotics they are prescribed also cause rapid weight-gain. Now investigators report that an exercise program has dramatically reduced symptoms among young people with first-episode psychosis. Ref. Source 1l.
Psychiatry on closed and open wards: The suicide risk remains the same
In psychiatric clinics with an exclusively open-door policy, the risk of patients committing suicide or absconding from treatment is no higher than in clinics with locked wards. This has been demonstrated in a large study in which around 350,000 cases were analyzed over a period of 15 years. Ref. Source 9a.
Lingering risk of suicide after discharge from psychiatric facilities. A study that synthesized more than 50 years of research into suicide rates for patients after discharge from psychiatric facilities suggests the immediate period after discharge was a time of marked risk and that the risk remained high years after discharge, according to a new article. Source 9f.
Smoking heightens risk of psychoses. Smoking at least ten cigarettes a day is linked to a higher risk of psychoses compared to non-smoking young people. The risk is also raised if the smoking starts before the age of 13. Source 2c.