DH: A progress report published by the National Institute for Mental Health in England shows that good progress is being made towards meeting the Government target to reduce suicide by 20% by 2010, but more can be done to bring down the suicide rate further.
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The report says that more needs to be done to reduce the number of people in contact with mental health services who take their own lives. The Avoidable Deaths report published last year estimated that 56 mental health patients discharged from hospital die every year following non-compliance with medication or loss of contact with services.
The government claims that Supervised Community Treatment (SCT), a measure to improve clinical risk management that the Government is introducing in its Mental Health Bill, has the potential to help prevent those deaths.
Press release ~ National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England Annual report on progress 2006 (scroll down) ~ National Institute for Mental Health in England ~ Avoidable Deaths: Five year report of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness ~ National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England ~ Mental Health Bill ~ Supervised Community Treatment (SCT) ~ CSIP Development centres ~ Help is at Hand ~ Samaritans