Mental Patients: Suicide:Written question - 46242

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Asked on: 13 September 2016
Department of Health
Mental Patients: Suicide
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2016 to Question 45664, what data his Department holds on adult mental health service inpatients that have taken their own life in the most recent period for which figures are available.
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Answered by: Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 10 October 2016

The Department does not collect data on mental health service inpatients who take their own life. Instead, the Department works collaboratively with the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS England to monitor and analyse data on deaths of people in custody and in the National Health Service.

The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, commissioned by NHS England through the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, publishes statistics on suicide by people in contact with mental health services. These data include all mental health inpatients and not just those detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. The latest report provides data between 2003 and 2013 and is available at the following link:

http://research.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/cmhs/research/centreforsuicideprevention/nci/reports/NCISHReport2015bookmarked2.pdf

The Ministry of Justice, the Department of Health and the Home Office are members of the Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody which is advised by the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody. The Independent Advisory Panel publishes statistics on deaths in custodial settings (including suicides), and including those detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. The latest report on deaths between 2000 and 2014 is published on its website:

http://iapdeathsincustody.independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/IAP-Statistical-Analysis-of-recorded-deaths-in-state-custody-between-2000-and-2014.pdf

The CQC is responsible for monitoring the Mental Health Act 1983 and publishes annual monitoring reports on its website. These reports includes all deaths of people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (including suicides) reported to the CQC by mental health providers. This data is used by the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody. The latest monitoring report for 2014/15 is published on the CQC’s website:

http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/20151207_mhareport2014-15_full.pdf

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