Identifying male-specific risk factors for suicide: a crisis resolution and home treatment team perspective
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Identifying male-specific risk factors for suicide: a crisis resolution and home treatment team perspective

Jayne Bell Nurse consultant, Mental Health Clinical Board, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, University Hospital Llandough, Penarth, Wales
Anne Fothergill Principal lecturer, Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales, Pontypridd, Wales

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your understanding of the factors that may contribute to suicide risk in men

  • To recognise various ways in which crisis resolution and home treatment team practitioners can improve the care they provide to male service users and preserve their safety

  • To identify how you can effectively assess suicidal ideation among men in your area of practice

Around three quarters of suicides in England and Wales in 2019 were among men. Crisis resolution and home treatment teams (CRHTTs) have been a focus of mental health policy in many countries since the late 1990s, and became embedded in the UK healthcare system in the 2000s. CRHTTs aim to avoid hospital admissions, where it is safe to do so, for service users experiencing an acute mental health crisis. However, it has been recognised that at present there are more suicides occurring in service users under the care of CRHTTs than those in inpatient settings. One reason for this may be because assessing suicide risk is often challenging for CRHTT practitioners.

This article identifies some of the factors that increase the risk of suicide in men, and provides recommendations for CRHTT practitioners on how to effectively assess suicidal ideation in male service users.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2021.e1568

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

jayne.bell@wales.nhs.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Citation Bell J, Fothergill A (2021) Identifying male-specific risk factors for suicide: a crisis resolution and home treatment team perspective. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2021.e1568

Published online: 14 September 2021

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