Academic journal article Best Practices in Mental Health

Letter from the Editors: Introduction: Suicide, the Enemy Within

Academic journal article Best Practices in Mental Health

Letter from the Editors: Introduction: Suicide, the Enemy Within

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This issue of BPMH emphasizes depression and suicide-along with other selfinjurious behaviors. Suicide is the frequent consequence of depression. First, Zvi Gellis and colleagues examine depression among older adults living in the community. Next, Henry Schmidt and André Ivanoff examine treatments and best practices for suicide and other self-injurious behaviors.

The third article, by Martha P. Novoa and Daphne S. Cain, evaluates the effectiveness of Reiki therapy for persons with secondary trauma, and is a randomized controlled study with a placebo condition. It is unique as a publication on best practices in that the intervention simply did not work. As editors we decided to publish the piece for that very reason: Some practices are not effective and failure to publish such studies would foreclose on the promotion of what is best, especially when the study is as scientifically sound as that of Novoa and Cain. The fourth article, by Marlys Staudt, examines parental needs of truant youth and considers the implication for best practice with these families.

The next two articles are resource articles designed to facilitate the location of best practices; they are, of course, available for classroom use and training from the BPMH electronic site. The first is a complementary piece to an article that appeared in the last issue of BPMH, in which Yaffe provided valuable information on locating best practices through the Campbell and Cochrane libraries. …

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