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Mentally Ill: Suicide

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many suicides were committed by those with mental illness in England in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (157606)

The number of suicides by people in contact with mental health services in England in each year from 1997 to 2005 is as follows:

Number

1997

1,203

1998

1,253

1999

1,258

2000

1,248

2001

1,258

2002

1,246

2003

1,235

2004

1,280

20051

1,149

1 87 per cent. complete.

Information on suicides by people in contact with mental health services is collected by the National Confidential Inquiry (NCI) into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness. The NCI is funded by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) to ensure that everyone involved in mental health services learns and implements lessons from the factors associated with serious mental illness. The Department has been and remains committed to taking appropriate action in response to the inquiry's findings.