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National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness

20 Oct 2017

Mersey Care have participated in a research report titled: 'National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness' which was the first of its kind - looking to find the common themes in the lives of young people (aged under 25 in England and Wales) who die by suicide.

The Study

The study was carried out to find the common themes in the lives of young people who die by suicide. The researchers wanted to identify possible sources of stress and to examine the role of support services. Information was collected on 922 suicides by people aged under 25 in England and Wales during 2014 and 2015. The information came from investigations by official bodies, mainly from coroners, who take evidence from families and professionals.

Main Findings

  • Academic pressures and bullying were more common before suicide in under 20s, while workplace, housing and financial problems occurred more often in 20-24 year olds.
  • 6% of under 20s and 3% of 20-24 year olds were reported to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) or uncertain of their sexuality.
  • Self-harm was reported in 52% of under 20s and 41% of 20-24 year olds who died.
  • Suicide-related internet use was found in 26% of deaths in under 20s, and 13% of deaths in 20-24 year olds

To see the full report and it's findings CLICK HERE.