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Saskia Y M Mérelle

Saskia Y M Mérelle
113 Suicide prevention

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April 2001 - September 2007
Erasmus University Rotterdam
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Publications (44)
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Objectives In the Netherlands, there was a sharp increase in the number of suicides among 10- to 19-year-olds in 2017. A multi-method psychological autopsy study (PA) was conducted to assess feasibility, identify related factors, and study the interplay of these factors to inform suicide prevention strategies. Methods Coroners identified youth sui...
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Background: Depressive and anxiety disorders are often associated with suicide ideation (SI) and attempt (SA). However, analyses of prevalence, course, and more specific risk mechanisms are needed to improve knowledge and detection of high risk individuals with depressive and anxiety disorders. Previous studies often lacked statistical power, asses...
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Objectives: There is limited insight into gender differences in suicide-related communication (SRC) in youths. SRC is defined as "the act of conveying one's own suicide ideation, intent or behaviours to another person". Increasing our understanding of SRC in youths will enable us to recognize and specify needs of female versus male youths. The cur...
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Background Preventatives measures to combat the spread of COVID− 19 have introduced social isolation, loneliness and financial stress. This study aims to identify whether the COVID-19 pandemic is related to changes in suicide-related problems for help seekers on a suicide prevention helpline. Methods A retrospective cohort study was conducted usin...
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Objective To examine whether the outcomes of a chat-based suicide-prevention helpline could be improved by training counselors in motivational interviewing (MI).Methods In a pre- and post-test design, visitors of a chat-based suicide prevention helpline received either the Five-Phase Model (treatment as usual [TAU]) or MI. They completed a pre- and...
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Background Each year, many help seekers in need contact health helplines for mental support. For this, it is crucial that they receive support immediately, and that waiting times are minimal. In order to minimize delay, it is necessary that helplines have adequate staffing levels, especially during peak hours. This has raised the need for means to...
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Background: Although the number of suicides did not increase in 2020, there are concerns about the mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aims: To present the demand for the Dutch suicide prevention helpline during times of lockdown and to describe the coronavirus-related problems discussed. Methods: An observational and exploratory s...
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Suïcide is op dit moment de meest voorkomende doodsoorzaak onder jongeren. Wat zijn de belangrijkste risicofactoren daarbij? De auteurs brachten het in kaart aan de hand van en ‘psychosociale autopsie’: een onderzoek waarvoor ze ouders, vrienden, leerkrachten en hulpverleners van de overleden jongeren interviewden. Hieronder een samenvatting van hu...
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In this study, we examined the feasibility and added value of including peer informants in a psychological autopsy study of youth suicides. Peer semi-structured interview data from 16 cases were analyzed qualitatively and compared to parent data. Results show that peers added information to parents’ narratives in general and particularly on social...
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Doel In 2017 was er een piek met 81 suïcides onder adolescenten tot 20 jaar. Psychologische autopsies werden uitgevoerd onder nabestaanden om invloedrijke factoren te identificeren en tot praktische aanbevelingen voor suïcidepreventie te komen. Opzet Multi-methodische psychologische autopsie met diepte-interviews en vragenlijsten. Methode Forensisc...
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Background The working environment of a suicide prevention helpline requires high emotional and cognitive awareness from chat counselors. A shared opinion among counselors is that as a chat conversation becomes more difficult, it takes more effort and a longer amount of time to compose a response, which, in turn, can lead to writer’s block. Object...
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BACKGROUND The working environment of a suicide prevention helpline requires high emotional and cognitive awareness from chat counselors. A shared opinion among counselors is that as a chat conversation becomes more difficult, it takes more effort and a longer amount of time to compose a response, which, in turn, can lead to writer’s block. OBJECT...
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In 2000 to 2016 the highest number of suicides among Dutch youths under 20 in any given year was 58 in 2013. In 2017 this number increased to 81 youth suicides. To get more insight in what types of youths died by suicide, particularly in recent years (2013–2017) we looked at micro-data of Statistics Netherlands and counted suicides among youths til...
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Background: Online forums that enable peer-to-peer interaction are widespread and readily available. Aim: This study aimed to identify the reach, benefits, and potential harmful effects for visitors to an online forum embedded in a suicide prevention platform in The Netherlands. Method: The study collected web-based questionnaires from online forum...
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Samenvatting Doel Onderzoek naar knelpunten in de zorg voor patiënten die na een suïcidepoging op de SEH komen. Opzet Transversaal multicentrisch vragenlijstonderzoek. Methode In 2015 werkten 7 SEH's verspreid over het land mee aan een vragenlijstonderzoek van 113 Zelfmoordpreventie voor de 'Landelijke agenda suïcidepreventie 2014-2017'. SEH-artsen...
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Objective: To examine issues in care for patients who come to the emergency department after a suicide attempt. Design: Cross-sectional multicentre questionnaire survey. Method: In 2015, 7 emergency departments across the Netherlands participated in a questionnaire survey of the 113 Suicide Prevention (113 Zelfmoordpreventie) service as a part...
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Suicide prevention efforts often depend on the willingness or ability of people to disclose current suicidal behavior. The aim of this study is to identify characteristics that are associated with non-disclosure of suicidal ideation. Data from the Dutch cross-sectional survey Health Monitor 2016 were used, resulting in 14,322 respondents (age 19+)....
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Onderzocht is of 3‑ en 4‑jarigen meer gaan lopen als hun ouders feedback krijgen over het aantal stappen met een Vivofit Activity Tracker (VAT). In een randomized controlled trial (RCT) werden kinderen aan een interventie- of controlegroep toegewezen. In de interventiegroep was de VAT in de 1e week afgeplakt met tape, in de 2e en 3e week was het aa...
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Background: Need for help is perceived as an important first step towards weight related health-care use among overweight and obese individuals and several studies have reported gender as an important predisposing characteristic of need for help. Therefore, the goal of the current study is to gain insight into factors that might determine need for...
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Background Children’s activity level, including physical activity (PA) and screen sedentary time (SST), is influenced by environmental factors in which parents play a critical role. Different types of parenting styles may influence children’s activity level. Inconsistent results were found on the association between parenting styles and PA, and few...
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Objective: To examine the associations between parental feeding styles and children's dietary intakes and the modifying effect of maternal education and children's ethnicity on these associations. Design: Cross-sectional study of parental feeding styles, assessed by the Parental Feeding Style Questionnaire, and children's dietary intakes. Multip...
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The European Alliance against Depression (EAAD) program is to be introduced in The Netherlands from 2017 onwards. This program to combat suicide consists of interventions on four levels: (1) increasing the awareness of suicide by local media campaigns; (2) training local gatekeepers, such as teachers or police officers; (3) targeting high-risk pers...
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Objective: Problematic video-gaming or social media use may seriously affect adolescents’ health status. However, it is not very well known which health-related problems are most strongly related to these issues. To inform the development of prevention and intervention strategies, this study aims to gain a better understanding of the health-related...
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Aanpak en cijfers voor suïcidepreventie in regio Kennemerland door GGD Kennemerland en samen Voor Betere Zorg (VBZ) i.s.m. 113 Zelfmoordpreventie.
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More control over migraine 6 months after the behavioural self-management training by lay trainers with migraine Despite the availability of evidence-based treatments for migraine many patients do not seek medical treatment. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the changes at 6-month follow-up after a behavioural self-management training...
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Behavioral migraine approaches are effective in reducing headache attacks. Availability of treatment might be increased by using migraine patients as trainers. Therefore, Mérelle and colleagues developed and evaluated a home-based behavioral management training (BMT) by lay trainers (1). The maintenance of effects at long-term follow-up is studied...
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Migraine is a chronic brain disorder, characterized by attacks of severe headache accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light, sound and smell. Attacks can be preceded by premonitory symptoms such as fatigue, muscular stiff ness or negative aff ect. It has been shown that cortical spreading depression, the trigeminovascular system and...
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Background: Behavioral migraine approaches are effective in reducing headache attacks. Availability of treatment might be increased by using migraine patients as trainers. Therefore, Mérelle and colleagues developed and evaluated a home-based behavioral management training (BMT) by lay trainers (1). The maintenance of effects at long-term follow-up...
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To evaluate the qualities of lay trainers with migraine and to quantify their self-management results. Little is known about the qualities of lay trainers with chronic diseases and the benefits for their own health. Thirteen lay trainers (12 F, 1 M) completed a 3-step program that consisted of self-experience of a behavioral training (BT), providin...
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Despite the availability of evidence-based treatments for migraine many patients do not seek medical treatment. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the changes at 6-month follow-up after a behavioural self-management training (SMT) provided by lay trainers with migraine to small groups at home. We previously demonstrated in a RCT the shor...
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There were two objectives of this research. First was to establish the utility of online digital assistance (ODA), a generic software-based method designed to support behavioral training (BT) in migraine. The second was to test whether ODA can produce additional effects in BT. Utility (feasibility and acceptability) was based on 44 patients with mi...
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In a large retail business group the ID Migraine Screening Test was sent to employees with three or more absences from work in the past year (n = 2893). Employees with positive results were invited for a neurological consultation and migraine patients were randomly assigned to: first attack 'treated as usual' and the second attack treated with 40 m...
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Migraine is a highly prevalent chronic brain disorder and is characterized by attacks of severe headache. Despite the availability of evidence-based treatments for migraine patients many patients do not seek medical treatment. Thesis concerns a self-care approach for the general population. The primary aim of this thesis is to examine the effective...
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To evaluate the changes at 6-month follow-up after a home-based behavioral training (BT) provided by lay trainers with migraine to small groups of fellow patients. The need for self-management programs and cost-effective treatments gave rise to this study. In a previous randomized controlled trial, we compared the BT group with a waitlist-control g...
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In conformity with current views on patient empowerment, we designed and evaluated the effects of home-based behavioural training (BT) provided by lay trainers with migraine to small groups of fellow patients. The primary aims of BT were to reduce attack frequency and increase perceived control over and self-confidence in attack prevention. In a ra...
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This pilot study examined the effectiveness and trainer skills of the first migraine lay trainers (MLTs). In a stepwise training program eight MLTs participated in a behavioural management training (BMT) aimed at the prevention of migraine attacks by proactive relaxation and trigger management. After successful reduction of their migraine attacks,...
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This review focuses on the effectiveness of short-term behavioural interventions for treating migraine and migraine Regular with tension type headache. The databases of Pubmed and PsycINFO were used to search for studies in which types of Minimal Contact Treatment (MCT) were compared with a standard clinically-based format, pharmacological treatmen...

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