More than 200 suicide deaths per year now occur in patients under mental health home treatment teams
BY CHARLOTTE DOBSON Three times as many mental health patients committed suicide when receiving care at home compared to those in hospital, new research has revealed. The findings, published by the University of Manchester, have raised concern among mental health campaigners about the number of people taking their own life after they have been discharged […]
More than a thousand men in the care of mental health services are committing suicide every year, a report by The University of Manchester reveals.
Suicides amongst male metal health patients have increased by 29% since 2006 – up to 1,239 a year – according to the report published by the university’s National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness (NCISH) today.
Pressure to free up mental health beds may be leaving vulnerable people at risk, says a watchdog.
Healthwatch England put in a Freedom of Information request and found psychiatric patients now spend six fewer days in hospital than in 2012-13.
The data, from 32 mental health trusts, shows average number of “bed days” per patient per year has fallen by 10%.
Healthwatch England says some patients are being discharged too early and without enough support.
Chairwoman Anna Bradley said the findings reflect a troubling picture where patients discharged from hospital often struggle to access crisis treatment at home.