The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness Annual Report 2013

National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental IllnessThis annual report, published by the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, presents an update on numbers and changing trends in suicide and homicide by patients across the UK.

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Findings include:

  • Homicide by mental health patients has fallen; figures are the lowest since 1997.
  • Suicide in England has risen in the patient population and probably reflects a rise in suicide in the general population which has been attributed to the current economic difficulties.
  • In recent years, more suicides have occurred under Crisis Resolution/Home Treatment than in in-patient setting (all countries). Many of these deaths occur in patients that live alone and have refused treatment.
  • Hanging remains the main method in patients suicide and has risen. There has been a rise in opiate self poisoning (all countries).
  • Substance misuse continues to be a common factor in patient suicides (all countries).
  • The introduction of CTO’s may have contributed to the fall in patient homicides in England. The effect on suicides is unclear.
  • Suicide by in-patients continues to fall (all countries).
  • Victims of patient homicide are more likely to be spouses of family members than strangers (all countries).