The complexities and challenges of evaluating suicidality

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August 2018

We are hosting an evening seminar for our GPs, Consultant Psychiatrists and therapists at the Grange Fitzrovia Hotel on Thursday 20th September.

The symposium will explore the complexities and challenges of evaluating suicidality. This event comes in light of the World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, and the publication of the recent Five Year Forward View For Mental Health set the ambition that by 2020/21 the number of people taking their own lives will be reduced by 10% nationally compared to 2016/17 level.

What are the latest statistic about suicide?

According to Office for National Statistics, There were 3.6% fewer suicides registered in 2016 than in 2015 – a decrease by 223 deaths from 6,188. Rates fell for both men and women, although 75% of all UK suicides are male.

The statistics of deaths registered in 2016 in the UK:

  • People aged 40 to 44 years had the highest suicide rate – 15.3 per 100,000
  • The age group with the highest rate for males was 40 to 44 years
  • The age group with the highest rate for females was 50 to 54 years

Who is presenting at the event?

Speaker: Dr Sean Cross, Consultant Psychiatrist at Nightingale Hospital

Topic: An overview of interventions in suicide prevention. Dr Sean Cross quoted: ‘There is evidence for a number of strategies that can be deployed to reduce the likelihood of the disaster of completed suicide. An overview of some of these national, local and individual interventions will be presented.’

Speaker:  Dr Mahen Jhugroo, Chartered Clinical Psychologist at Nightingale Hospital.

Topic: The psychological perspective, risks and causes of suicide. Mahen Jhugroo quoted: ‘Why do people kill themselves? Who is most likely to attempt suicide? The misconceptions, causes, warning signs and risk factors for suicide will be explored in detail.’

We are also welcoming a special guest Daniel Poté from Emotra presents a new method called EDOR-Test that is an objective diagnostic tool for assessment of suicide risk. It identifies abnormal habituation patterns as hyporeactive, functioning as a marker for high risk of suicide and violent suicide attempts in patients with a primary depression. Recent data, scientific background and technology will be covered.

Chair: Dr William Shanahan, Consultant Psychiatrist & Medical Director at Nightingale Hospital.

How to register to attend the event?

This event is free of charge and is open to psychiatrists, GPs, therapists, nurses, and others across the medical board. To register to attend please click here.

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