Dr Andrew Parker
Consultant Psychiatrist, Nightingale Hospital
Addictions Therapist, Nightingale Hospital
Addictions Charge Nurse, Nightingale Hospital
Therapy Services Manager, Nightingale Hospital
Suicide is 10-14 times greater in those with alcohol dependence and drug misuse. The presence of other mental illness increases this risk further. Although suicide can be difficult to predict, many cases are preventable, and treatment services must take a diligent attitude to assessment and risk reduction. This presentation will be facilitated by a multi-disciplinary team at the Nightingale Hospital addictions treatment unit.
It will be led by Dr Andrew Parker, Consultant Psychiatrist and Addictions Lead, Maria Garcia and Patrick Maxwell, Addictions Therapists, and Fiona Roye-Taylor, Addictions Charge Nurse.Through discussion of two real-life (anonymised) case studies, the presentation will highlight the importance of identifying both static and dynamic risk factors for suicide; careful history of past attempts; embedded risk reduction systems; and the vital role of ongoing multidisciplinary team communication, and involvement of significant others.
- Importance of considering both static and dynamic risk factors for suicide in management
- Appreciation of magnitude of increased suicide risk due to addiction +/- other mental illness
- Importance of embedded risk reduction systems and clinical vigilance, tailored to individuals
- The crucial role of the multidisciplinary team
- Importance of pre-admission assessment and discharge planning