This document summarises the evidence base on suicide prevention: optimising medicines and reducing access to medicines as a means of suicide . It is a key therapeutic topic that has been identified to support medicines optimisation. It is not formal NICE guidance .
A new NICE quality standard (QS) on eating disorders focuses on promoting early access and coordinating care between services.
This quality standard covers preventing children and young people (under 18) from becoming overweight or obese, including strategies to increase physical activity and promote a healthy diet in the local population. It also covers lifestyle weight management programmes for children and young people who are overweight or obese. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.
More support should be to be given to carers of people with bipolar disorder to help them cope with challenging behaviour, says NICE.
NICE's new quality standard on autism will help services address the current variation in diagnosis and treatment of the disorder, according to experts.
NICE has recommended the use of aripiprazole (Abilify) as an option for treating moderate to severe manic episodes in adolescents with bipolar disorder.