National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health – Suicide by female nurses report

Reports | Published: 11 Jun 2020

The National Suicide Prevention Strategy (NSPS) for England identified female nurses as an occupational group at increased risk of suicide. A report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in 2017 identified female nurses as having a risk of suicide 23% above the risk in women in other occupations.

This study aimed to establish preliminary data about women who die by suicide while employed as nurses, by carrying out:

(1) An examination of National ONS data on female nurses who died by suicide during a six-year period 2011-16;

(2) A detailed analysis of female nurse suicides using the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) database of people who died by suicide within 12 months of mental health service contact, including comparison with other female patients.

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National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health – Suicide by female nurses report