New confidential inquiry established into homicides and suicides by mentally ill peopleBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7051.234c (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:234
- Louis Appleby
- Director, confidential inquiry Department of Psychiatry, Withington Hospital, Manchester M20 8LR
EDITOR,—The confidential inquiry into homicides and suicides by mentally ill people has been re-established at the University of Manchester, and changes to its methods are being introduced. One of the most important changes concerns the way that suicides by people with mental illness are identified by the inquiry. The new system of notification of suicides and the subsequent collection of data will rely on the cooperation of directors of public health and mental health services throughout England (equivalent plans exist for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland).
The change is …