Dr Andrew Parker
Consultant Psychiatrist, Nightingale Hospital
Addictions Therapist, Nightingale Hospital
Addictions Charge Nurse, 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 prevention. 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, Patrick Maxwell, Addictions Therapist, and Fiona Roye-Taylor, Addictions Charge Nurse.
Through discussion of a real-life (anonymised) case study, the interactive presentation will highlight the importance of identifying both static and dynamic risk factors for suicide; careful history of past attempts; mental state risk factors; compassion and interviewing style, and the vital role of ongoing multidisciplinary team communication, and involvement of significant others.
1. Understanding static and dynamic risk factors for suicide in context of addiction
2. Eliciting the history of para-suicidal acts, intent or planning
3. Accurate and concise communication of suicide risk
4. Awareness and identification of high-risk mood states
5. Prevention of suicide through multidisciplinary team (MDT) working and continuing care