Journal article

Suicide in the homeless within 12 months of contact with mental health services - A national clinical survey in the UK

Harriet Bickley, Navneet Kapur, Isabelle M Hunt, Jo Robinson, Janet Meehan, Rebecca Parsons, Kerry McCann, Sandra Flynn, James Burns, Tim Amos, Jenny Shaw, Louis Appleby

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology | DR DIETRICH STEINKOPFF VERLAG | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Suicide prevention is a health service priority. Homeless mental health patients present a challenge to services because of their complex health and social needs. AIMS: To establish the numbers of homeless patients in contact with services who die by suicide; to describe their suicide methods and their social and clinical characteristics including aspects of clinical care. METHOD: A national clinical survey based on a 4-year (1996-2000) sample of people in England and Wales who died by suicide. Detailed data were collected on those who had been in contact with mental health services in the year before death. RESULTS: A total of 131 individuals who died by suicide were reported to..

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