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Mental Health: Essex

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of those who committed suicide in Essex (a) had been previously treated and (b) were under treatment at the time of their death for mental health problems in each of the last five years. (190707)

The latest information for the former Essex strategic health authority (SHA), has been set out in the following table.

Year of death

Number of suicides general population

Number of inquiry cases

Proportion of inquiry cases (percentage)

2001

125

39

31

2002

144

39

27

2003

155

49

32

2004

160

45

28

2005

132

42

32

Total

716

214

30

Notes:

1. Figures include open verdicts and suicide verdicts.

2. Inquiry cases are those suicide cases who had contact with mental health services in the 12 months prior to death.

3. Essex SHA merged with Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA, and Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA in July 2006, to form the current East of England SHA.

4. 2005 is the latest year for which data in question is available.

Source:

The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness.