National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide: Annual Report 2017

Reports | Published: 10 Oct 2017

The 2017 annual report from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness (NCISH) provides findings relating to people who died by suicide or were convicted of homicide in 2005-2015 across all UK countries. Additional findings are presented on sudden unexplained deaths (SUD) under mental health care in England and Wales.

The NCISH database is a national case series of suicide, homicide and SUD by mental health patients over 20 years. The current suicide database stands at almost 120,000 suicides in the general population, including over 30,000 patients. This large and internationally unique database allows NCISH to examine the antecedents of these incidents and make recommendations for clinical practice and policy that will improve safety in mental health care.

As with previous annual reports, the main findings are presented here by country for the baseline year of 2005 and the subsequent 10 years, including the most recent year for which comprehensive data are available (2015). A UK-wide section provides selected findings from the UK as a whole.

The full report, an executive summary and accompanying infographics are available to download below.

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National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide: Annual Report 2017