Safe Mental Health

Note: The film aims to initiate discussion/conversation for changes together with practitioners, managers and policymakers. 

Dilemmas in Suicide Prevention

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Film Commentary – Dilemmas in Suicide Prevention

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This film shows committed and compassionate healthcare professionals who face the inherent uncertainties and complex dilemmas in their efforts to save two mental health patients from taking their own lives. It aims to challenge us to think about the design of mental health care differently.

The film is inspired by true events and based on research by Loughborough University (references below) in Partnership with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, and is funded by the Patient Safety Collaborative and Health Education England.

Journey from Research, Script to Film

1. Oct 2016: Research funding from the Carton Hayes Mental Health Charity

2. Jan-Dec 2017: Analysis of 41 suicide incident reports and interviews with 20 mental health professionals

3. 2018-19: Publications of the research findings

  • Jun, G.T., Canham, A., Kumar, S., and Noushad, F., 2019. Safety I and safety II for suicide prevention – lessons from how things go wrong and how things go right in community-based mental health services. In: Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 818, p. 449-452. IEA 2018, Florence, Italy, 26th – 30th August 2018.
  • Canham, A., Jun, G.T., Noushad, F., and Kumar, S., 2018. Suicide Incidents and Prevention in Community-Based Mental Health Services – Human Factors and System Safety. The Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress 2018, ICC, Birmingham, UK, 26th June 2018.
  • Jun, G.T., Canham, A., Kumar, S., and Noushad, F., 2018. Safety-I and Safety-II for suicide prevention. In: International Workshop on Safety-II in Practice, Cardiff, UK, 14th – 15th June 2018.
  • Canham, A., Jun, G.T., Kumar, S., and Noushad, F., 2018. Systems approach to analysing suicide incidents in community-based mental health care. In: Ergonomics & Human Factors 2018. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors, Birmingham, UK, 23rd – 25th April 2018.
  • Canham, A., Jun, G.T., Noushad, F., Gangadharan, K. (under review), A Systems Approach to Suicide Incident Analysis and Prevention in Community-Based Mental Health Services – Safety I and Safety II Perspectives, Safety Science

4. Mar 2018: Film production funding from the Patient Safety Collaborative and Health Education England

5. Apr 2018 – Mar 2019: Film Making Process (many special thanks to Andre Brito, Director)

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