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One in 10 suicides is among people with a physical illness

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5464 (Published 26 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5464
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

A report on the link between suicide and physical ill health has found that one in 10 people who take their own life is chronically or terminally ill.

The report, by think tank Demos, is one of the first such comprehensive studies to look at the links between suicide and physical ill health. It says that the figure, which came from coroners and primary care trusts (PCTs), is likely to be a substantial underestimate because coroners do not always include the relevant health information with their inquest reports.

Demos believes that the findings provide strong evidence that people with chronic and terminal illnesses should be regarded as a high risk group for suicide and should be given better “medical, practical, and psychological support.”

Researchers sent freedom of information requests to all PCTs in …

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