Presentation on theme: "SUICIDE AND SEVERE SELF HARM PREVENTION IN PRIMARY CARE"— Presentation transcript:
1 SUICIDE AND SEVERE SELF HARM PREVENTION IN PRIMARY CARE Dr Khalid Aziz Consultant Psychiatrist BarnetDr Henry Andrews Consultant Psychiatrist EnfieldDr Leon Rozewicz Clinical Director Crisis & Emergency
2 Resilience?Everyone experiences stress and difficult circumstances during their life.Most people can handle these tough times and may even be able to make something good from a difficult situation.Resilience is the ability to bounce back after experiencing trauma or stress, to adapt to changing circumstances and respond positively to difficult situations.It is the ability to learn and grow through the positive and the negative experiences of life, turning potentially traumatic experiences into constructive ones.Being resilient involves engaging with friends and family for support, and using coping strategies and problem-solving skills effectively to work through difficulties.
3 Contributory Factors - Individual Well-Being Self Image: sense of self, including self-esteem secure identity, ability to cope, and mental health and well-beingBehavior: social skills including life skills, communication, flexibility, and caringSpirit: sense of purpose, including motivation, purpose in life, spirituality, beliefs, and meaningHeart: emotional stability, including emotional skills, humor, and empathyMind: problem solving skills, including planning, problem-solving, help-seeking, and critical and creative-thinking.Body: physical health, physical energy, and physical capacity
4 A Person’s Reaction to Life Events - Main Factors 1. Individual Health and Well-Being - Sense of self, social skills, sense of purpose, emotional stability, problem-solving skills, and physical health.2. Pre-Disposing or Individual Factors - Genes, gender and gender identity, personality, ethnicity/culture, socio-economic background, and social/geographic inclusion or isolation.3. Life History and Experience - Family history and context, previous physical and mental health, exposure to trauma, past social and cultural experiences, and history of coping.4. Social and Community Support - Support and understanding from family, friends, local doctor, local community, school, level of connectedness, safe and secure support environments, and availability of sensitive professionals/carers and mental health practitioners.
5 Myth vs. FactMyth: People who talk about suicide don’t die by suicide.Fact: Many people who die by suicide have given definite warnings to family and friends of their intentions. Always take any comment about suicide seriously.Myth: Suicide happens without warning.Fact: Most suicidal people give many clues and warning signs regarding their suicidal intention.
6 Myth vs. Fact Myth: People who are suicidal are fully intent on dying. Fact: Most suicidal people are undecided about living or dying – which is called suicidal ambivalence. A part of them wants to live; however, death seems like the only way out of their pain and suffering. They may allow themselves to “gamble with death,” leaving it up to other to save them.Myth: Males are more likely to be suicidal.Fact: Men die by suicide more often than women. However, women attempt suicide three times more often than men.
7 Myth vs. FactMyth: Asking a depressed person about suicide will push him/her to kill themselves..Fact: Studies have shown that patients with depression have these ideas and talking about them does not increase the risk of them taking their own life.Myth: Improvement following a suicide attempt or crisis means that the risk is over.Fact: Most suicides occur within days or weeks of “improvement” when the individual has the energy and motivation to actually follow through with his/her suicidal thoughts.
8 Myth vs. FactMyth: Once a person attempts suicide the pain and shame will keep them from trying again.Fact: The most common psychiatric illness that ends in suicide is major depression, a recurring illness. Every time a patient gets depressed, the risk of suicide returns.Myth: Sometimes a bad event can push a person to suicide.Fact: Suicide also results from serious psychiatric disorders, not just a single event.Myth: Suicide occurs in great numbers around holidays in November and December.Fact: Highest rates of suicide are in April while the lowest rates are in December.
9 Suicide - DefinitionSuicide is a multi-determined phenomenon that occurs against a background of complex interacting biological, social, psychological and environmental risk and protective factors.Despite the complexity of this phenomenon, suicide can be prevented.“Ideation” – thinking about or planning for suicide
10 Suicide - UK IncidenceThird largest cause of death in Britain of premature mortality (after heart disease and cancer) (World Health Organization, 2000).In 2007 there were still 7.9 suicides per people incidents/yr.Younger people are more likely to die by suicide than older people.Statistics show that in 16 to 24 year-olds, 5% have attempted suicide, compared with 2% of 65 to 74year-olds. However, the rate among people over 85 rises again
11 Suicide - UK IncidenceMen are five times as likely to die by suicide as women. (WHO - Global Burden of Disease: 2004 Update report (World Health Organization, 2008)Of people in the UK who die by suicide, only about 25% were in contact with mental health services in the 12 months before the suicideAlthough it is generally acknowledged that most had a diagnosis of a mental disorder at the time of their death (Bertolote & Fleischmann, 2002).In some studies, the rate of a diagnosed mental illness of those who have killed themselves has been found to be more than 80% (Arsenault-Lapierre et al, 2004; Fleischmann et al, 2005; McManus et al, 2009).
12 Suicide - UK IncidenceTypical GP will see one suicide every five years on their listOne a year in a group practiceNo single assessment tool
13 Risk Factors for Suicide: Socio-Demographic Females more likely to attempt than malesMales more likely to dieYoung and OldPoverty, unemploymentPrisoners
14 Risk Factors for Suicide: Family and Childhood Parental depression, substance misuse, suicideParental divorceBullying
15 Risk Factors for Suicide: Mental Health Problems Impulsive, aggressive or socially withdrawnPoor problem solving abilityMood disorders; bipolar, psychotic depressionSubstance/alcohol misuseSchizophreniaRecent discharge from psychiatric hospital
16 Risk Factors for Suicide: Suicidal Behaviour Access to means (guns, drugs, tablets)History of suicide attemptsSpecific plans
17 Other Individual Suicide Risk Factors Impulsivity - Contributes to suicidal behavior, especially in context of depression or bipolar disorderFamily History - Many mental disorders run in families, due to genetic factorsPrior Suicide Attempt
18 Suicide QuestionsHow does the future look to you? What are your hopes?Do you wish you could just not wake up in the morning?Have you considered doing anything to harm yourself, or to take your own life?Have you made actual plans to kill yourself? What are they?What has stopped you from doing anything so far?
19 Self HarmAn intentional act of self-poisoning or self-injury irrespective of the type of motivation or degree of suicidal intent.Includes suicide attempts as well as acts where little or no suicidal intent is involvedTo reduce internal tension,Distract themselves from intolerable situationsForm of interpersonal communication of distress or other difficult feelingsTo punish themselves
20 Problems of definition Given the varying types of self-harm, the different contexts in which it occurs and the different motives and meaning for the individual concerned, defining self-harm is not straightforward.The NICE guidelines (National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, 2004) use the short and broad definition:‘Self-poisoning or self-injury, irrespective of the apparent purpose of the act.’The service users’ National Self-Harm Network (NSHN; 1998) presented an alternative description:‘Self-injury is frequently the least possible amount of damage and represents extreme self-restraint.’
21 Self Harm Can sometimes be a bizarre form of self-preservation. Nevertheless it covers a wide spectrum of behaviour, with harmful physical effectsPerson who repeatedly self-harms is at a higher risk of suicide.
22 Self HarmThe UK has one of the highest self-harm rates in Europe, reported at about 400 per people (Horrocks et al, 2002).It has been estimated that there are self-harm presentations at hospitals each year in England (Kapur et al, 1998)Self-harm has been quoted as one of the five top causes of acute hospital admissions, but this greatly underestimates the problem since many people do not attend hospital.As with suicide, younger people are more likely to self-harm than older individuals. Of those who present at hospitals, two-thirds of patients who self-harm are under 35 of whom two-thirds are female.
23 Self HarmSelf-harm is poorly understood in society even among those who in their working lives as school teachers, pastors, social workers, housing officers, police, prison officers and even nurses and doctors encounter people who harm themselves.People who harm themselves are subject to stigma and hostility.
24 Self Harm - who is affected? All ages and from all social and cultural backgrounds.Some groups are especially vulnerable because of life experiences, personal or social circumstances, physical factors or a combination of these elements.There is a higher incidence of self-harm among:prisoners,asylum seekers,veterans from the armed forces,People bereaved by suicide,some cultural minority groups and people from sexual minorities.
25 Self Harm - Forms/Methods Can take many forms.The most common form of self–injury is:Cutting (with a variety of implements and degrees of severity).Cutting is more repetitive than other forms of self harm, and that it may not be as predominantly a female activity as is commonly thought (Lilley et al, 2008).Other forms:Overdose/Self PoisoningBurningHangingStrangulationScratchingBanging or hitting body parts, andMutilation of parts of the body or interfering with wound healing
26 Self Harm Manifestation of emotional distress. Indicates something is wrong rather than a primary disorder.Person’s contributory circumstances are individual. Commonly includes:Difficult personal circumstancesDeath or other trauma in the familyPast trauma (including abuse, neglect or loss)Social or economic deprivationMental disorder.
27 Self Harm May often be associated with the misuse of drugs or alcohol. Rate of self-harm; more in women and girls than men and boysCompleted suicide is more prevalent among men and boys.
28 Self Poisoning Self-poisoning is the intentional use of: More than prescribed or recommended doses of any drug sometimes labelled ‘indirect self-harm’Includes poisoning by non-ingestible substancesOverdoses of recreational drugs and severe alcohol intoxication where this seems to be intended as an act of self-harm.People may switch methods of harming themselves over time.
29 Self Harm - Other Eating disorders Physical risk-taking Sexual risk-takingSelf-neglectOne could consider self-neglect as another form of self-harmWhen people who repeatedly harm themselves through cutting or taking overdoses are helped to overcome these behaviours, eating disorders or other self-damaging problems may emerge.
30 Self Harm-AnxietiesFamilies and friends may be frustrated and distressed by the actions of the person who self-harmsProfessionals can have similar responses.When the person needs humane care and understanding they may also encounter hostility, disengagement or bewilderment.More negative attitudes amongst some “non specialist “ services
31 Self-poisoning, % (n/N) Motives chosen by young people to explain reason for self-injury ( Royal College Of Psychiatrists Report CR158)MotiveSelf-cutting, % (n/N)Self-poisoning, % (n/N)Escape from a terrible state of mind73.3 (140/191)72.6 (53/73)Punishment45.0 (85/189)38.5 (25/65)Death40.2 (74/184)66.7 (50/75)Demonstration of desperation37.6 (71/189)43.9 (29/66)Wanted to find out if someone loved them27.8 (52/188)41.2 (28/66)Attention seeking21.7 (39/180)28.8 (19/66)Wanted to frighten someone18.6 (35/188)24.6 (16/65)Wanted to get back atsomeone12.5 (23/184)17.2 (11/64)
32 Self Harm-Assessment Requires a bio-psycho-social approach to assess: Their problemsTheir needsThe risks of further harm to this individualTo provides a person-centre management plan.
33 Intervention Three basic steps: 1. Show you care 2. Ask about Self Harm/Suicide intentions or previous attempts.3. Offer/Get/Encourage to get help
34 Psychological Therapies Engaging service users in assessing appropriate interventions & Evidence-based therapies:Problem-solving therapyCognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT)Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)It is important that psychiatrists and other mental health professionals do not restrict their thinking about prevention and intervention to those things that can be done in the clinic, but engage with and in the local community in addressing self-harm and suicide. RCPSYCH CR58
35 AcknowledgementsLiving Is For Everyone. Fact sheet 6: Resilience, vulnerability, and suicide prevention.International Association on Suicide Prevention-Clayton, J. Suicide Prevention: Saving Lives One Community at a Time. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.Self-harm, suicide and risk: helping people who self-harm, Final report of a working group College Report CR158 June 2010, Royal College of Psychiatrists LondonDr Leon Rozewicz, Clinical Director, Crisis & Emergency Services, BEH MHT NHS Trust.