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Better mental healthcare in England may have reduced suicides

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 22 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2282
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Improvements to mental health services, such as greater availability of specialist community services, a smoother transition from child to adult mental health services, and better implementation of clinical guidelines, have been linked to significantly reduced suicide rates in mental health services, a study published in the Lancet Psychiatry has shown.1

The study also found that suicide rates were higher at mental health trusts with higher levels of staff turnover, suggesting that organisational factors are important in preventing suicide.

Some 19 248 people who died by suicide from 1997 to 2012, who were in contact with mental health services in the 12 months before they died, were included …

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