A fifth of suicides among mentally ill are preventableBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7287.638/e (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:638
- Zosia Kmietowicz
The health service is being called on to step up efforts to protect people with mental health problems from harming themselves or other people after a report published this week showed that more than a fifth of suicides among people with mental illness could have been prevented.
About a quarter of the United Kingdom's 6500 suicides each year occur among people with mental illness, some 12% of them while in hospital, usually by hanging from a curtain rail.
The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness showed that many people at risk of suicide are simply slipping through the net. …