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As psychiatric care is increasingly delivered in the community, new forms of mental health services are developing. In order to help and support people with psychiatric disorders, we need to understand how these treatment forms, some of them relying on formal coercion, work. This includes the increased reliance on informal care from family and friends.  In addition to clinical improvements, good outcomes of outpatient care include quality of life, the ability to form and maintain good social relationships, and participating in the work force or other aspects of community life. We are seeking to gain better understanding on these dynamics and how mental health services can contribute.

Major socio-economic changes may affect self-harm and suicide, and media influences are also important.  We are working to understand these better.

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