Entries by Jane Nathan

Talking about suicide with BBC Surrey

Suicide is much more common than many people think, and suicidal ideation – thinking about suicide – is commoner still. The World Health Organisation estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. What drives so many individuals to take their own lives? To those not in the grips of suicidal depression and despair, it’s […]

Dr Ann Fitzgerald on supporting wellbeing of the workforce

Dr Ann Fitzgerald, Counselling Psychologist at the Healthcare On Demand clinic in Guildford talks about the importance of wellbeing, and the responsibilities of management and co-workers to be alert to the mental health and wellbeing of colleagues. See the video clip (8 minutes in duration) by clicking HERE This is a major issue for individuals and […]

NHS Autism Diagnoses Under Threat

Proposals to reduce the number of children being diagnosed with autism are being considered by NHS commissioners in south-west London. The idea of restricting an autism diagnosis to only the most severe cases was discussed earlier this month. The local alliance of five clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) says nothing has been decided yet. But the […]

Useful new app for self harm

Calm Harm app: http://www.stem4.org.uk/calmharm/ What does it do? The four categories of tasks target the main reasons for why people self harm: Distract helps to combat the urge by learning self-control; Comfort helps to care rather than harm; Express helps get feelings out in a different way; Release provides safe alternatives to self-injury. How does […]

New Adult Autism Assessment service launched in Surrey

  Autism and Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) affects approximately half a million people in the UK alone. This is about 1 in every 100 people.   Why seek a diagnosis of possible Autistic Spectrum Conditions in Adult life? The benefits of getting a formal diagnosis of autism can include: it may help you to understand why […]

Self harm rates triples in our area

In the past two years, Epsom and St Helier hospitals have seen a dramatic increase in the number of young people aged 11-18 years old presenting with self-harm – nationally, the number of 10-14 year olds attending A&E departments for self-harm related reasons has increased by 70% in the same period. Lin McGraw, Lead Nurse […]