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Griesbach & Associates - Social Research for Policy and Practice

Mental Health

Griesbach & Associates have carried out research on a wide range of topics under the broad heading of mental health. We have particular expertise in the areas of suicide and self-harm, suicide prevention and mental health improvement. Some of our recent projects have included:

Evaluation of the Scottish Recovery Network
(Client: Scottish Government)
The Scottish Recovery Network was one of the major initiatives launched under the former National Programme in Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing.  Griesbach & Associates were chosen to evaluation the network’s effectiveness and impact, and the extent to which it is providing value for money.  The evaluation was undertaken with associates Patricia Russell, Jacki Gordon and Clare Lardner.
[ Report | Summary ]

The use and impact of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) in Scotland: A literature review and evaluation
(Client: Scottish Government)
ASIST is a two-day course that aims to help people to become more willing, ready and able to recognise and help persons at risk of suicide. ASIST was introduced in Scotland in 2003 under the auspices of Choose Life, the Scottish Government’s ten-year strategy and action plan to prevent and reduce suicide. In March 2007, the Government commissioned Griesbach & Associates to carry out an evaluation of ASIST.

The overall aims of the project were to explore the development and implementation of ASIST in Scotland, and to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the training programme. This was a large and complex evaluation involving a range of research methods including a review of the international literature, interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders, a national survey of former ASIST participants, interviews with ASIST trainers and trainees and a series of case studies.

This work was carried out with associates Patricia Russell, Rona Dolev and Clare Lardner.
[ Full report | Literature review | Summary ]

Other projects in this area:

  • Research into individuals’ rights in mental health care (with Jacki Gordon) — for the Mental Welfare Commission
  • Impact evaluation of the Choose Life training programme  (with Patricia Russell) — for NHS Health Scotland
  • Learning review of Equally Connected (project led by Jacki Gordon + Associates) — for NHS Health Scotland
  • Analysis of responses to the consultation on Towards a Mentally Flourishing Scotland — for the Scottish Government
  • Evaluation of Choose Life Phase 2 (project led by Patricia Russell & Associates) — for the Scottish Government
  • An in-depth qualitative exploration of the links between self-harm and suicide in young people — for the Scottish Government
  • Psychological services for drug and alcohol users and survivors of childhood sexual abuse in West Lothian (with Clare Lardner) — for West Lothian Council.
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