National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety – Annual Report 2018

Reports | Published: 09 Oct 2018

The 2018 annual report from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) provides findings relating to people who died by suicide or were convicted of homicide in 2006-2016 across all UK countries. Additional findings are presented on sudden unexplained deaths under mental health care in England and Wales.

The NCISH database is a national case series of suicide, homicide and sudden unexpected death (SUD) by mental health patients over 20 years. The current suicide database stands at almost 127,000 suicides in the general population, including over 33,500 patients. This large and internationally unique database allows NCISH to examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding 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 2006 and the subsequent 10 years, including the most recent year for which comprehensive data are available (2016). A UK-wide section provides selected findings from the UK as a whole.

To download the full report click on the green button below.

See also: NCISH’s assessment of clinical risk in mental health services

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