Thursday, 28 March 2013

Please Mr Postman

It'll be sad if the age of the letter and postcard was over. Emails are fine for immediacy and information but they just don't carry the emotional weight of the hand help piece of paper with real handwriting on.

A great study in the British Journal of Psychiatry (2013, doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.112.112664) has demonstrated the value of the good old-fashioned postcard. The study from Australia, sent eight supportive postcards over a period of a year, to patients who had been admitted to hospital with overdose. This support halved subsequent self-poisoning events and reduced psychiatric admissions by a third after five years. There was substantial savings in general hospital and psychiatric hospital bed days.

So resurrect those old writing skills. A postcard through the post could make all the difference. I don't think you need to have taken an overdose to find your mood lifted when you read it.
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