Journal article

Suicide within 12 months of mental health service contact in different age and diagnostic groups. National clinical survey

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

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


BACKGROUND: Suicide prevention is a health service priority but the most effective approaches to prevention may differ between different patient groups. AIMS: To describe social and clinical characteristics in cases of suicide from different age and diagnostic groups. METHOD: A national clinical survey of a 4-year (1996-2000) sample of cases of suicide in England and Wales where there had been recent (<1 year) contact with mental health services (n=4859). RESULTS: Deaths of young patients were characterised by jumping from a height or in front of a vehicle, schizophrenia, personality disorder, unemployment and substance misuse. In older patients, drowning, depression, living alone, physical ..

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