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    Ben Mullings

    Some really excellent points in the article above. I particularly liked the following:

    Kapur advocates the use of psychosocial assessment, rather than risk assessment, to understand what is going on fully with the patient, and involve them as a subject in their care, rather than the object of an assessment quiz.

    This point really underlines importance of medical and mental health care practitioners spending some time to listen deeply to people who are distressed and seeking a bit of help and understanding.

    Further to that point, it’s worth adding that we also need to build public trust that meaningful help is available when you need it. I think we have a long way to go if we want to build that trust.

    Crisis help lines are great when they are properly manned. Web-based chat support is good too when you can make a timely connection to real person. Psychological care can help as well, when people know that they will be supported long enough to talk things through. Unfortunately though none of these areas are adequately supported. In turn, that lack of support raises a feeling of doubt for so many people as they contemplate whether to begin a pathway to recovery.

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