Journal article

Suicide in mental health in-patients and within 3 months of discharge. National clinical survey

J Meehan, N Kapur, IM Hunt, P Turnbull, J Robinson, H Bickley, R Parsons, S Flynn, J Burns, T Amos, J Shaw, L Appleby

British Journal of Psychiatry | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Suicide prevention is a health service priority. Suicide risk may be greatest during psychiatric in-patient admission and following discharge. AIMS: To describe the social and clinical characteristics of a comprehensive sample of in-patient and post-discharge cases of suicide. METHOD: A national clinical survey based on a 4-year (1996-2000) sample of cases of suicide in England and Wales who had been in recent contact with mental health services (n=4859). RESULTS: There were 754 (16%) current in-patients and a further 1100 (23%) had been discharged from psychiatric in-patient care less than 3 months before death. Nearly a quarter of the in-patient deaths occurred within the first..

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