The Department does not collect these figures centrally. However, the national confidential inquiry into suicide and homicide (NCISH) by people with mental illness collects certain figures around this issue and the following table shows numbers of people by calendar year who were in contact with mental health (MH) services in England in the year prior to their death. This includes those who were under the care of services as out-patients and the table also includes the number and percentage of those in contact with services who were in-patients at the time of their death.
It should be noted that the inquiry sample includes both suicide and open verdicts at coroners' inquest. Open verdicts are often thought to be suicides and are conventionally used in suicide rate estimation in the United Kingdom. Neither the Department nor the NCISH collect information on attempted suicides.
We are unable to release information relating to specific mental health trusts without the permission of those trusts.
Suicides in contact with MH services N=8,565 In-patients N=1,153 (%) 2000 1,248 196 2001 1,260 179 2002 1,249 165 2003 1,249 183 2004 1,307 158 2005 1,253 151 2006 999 121
Suicides in contact with MH services N=8,565
In-patients N=1,153 (%)