National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health – Annual Report 2020

Reports | Published: 13 May 2021

The 2020 annual report from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) provides findings relating to people who died by suicide in 2008-2018 across all UK countries. Additional findings are presented on the number of people convicted of homicide, and those under mental health care.

The NCISH database includes a national case series of suicide by mental health patients over 20 years. The current suicide database stands at over 144,000 suicides in the general population, including over 36,000 patients. This internationally unique database allows NCISH to make recommendations for clinical practice and policy that will improve safety locally, nationally and internationally.

As with previous annual reports, the main findings are presented by country for the baseline year of 2008 and the subsequent 10 years, including the most recent year (2018) for which comprehensive data are available. A UK-wide section provides selected findings for the UK as a whole.

This year there is also information on work that supported clinicians working through the pandemic, as well as some data from a pilot on real-time surveillance of suspected suicide by people under mental health care in England.

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National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health – Annual Report 2020