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by Dr Manoj Therayil
Kumar and Dr Vasudevan
Last reviewed: July 2018
In-patient suicide accounts for
around 10% of all suicides among individuals who are in
contact with mental health services over the course of
a year, according to the National Confidential Inquiry
into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness
(University of Manchester, 2014). This
has serious implications for clinicians, patients and services.
Finding ways to increase awareness of suicide risks in
psychiatric wards is a challenge faced by mental healthcare
professionals who are required to put preventative measures in
This module reviews the characteristics of
in-patient suicide and analyses the trends over the years. The role
of environmental risk factors is described with an emphasis on
prevention, along with an overview of the various clinical measures
that can minimise in-patient suicide. This includes a
section on the risk factor approach of predicting
in-patient suicide. Quizzes, graphs and interactive exercises are
used throughout the module to illustrate key findings.
Risk assessment and management of violence in
general adult psychiatry by Dr Fiona Toal, Professor Paul
Mullen and Professor James Ogloff
Suicides in prison by Dr Seena Fazel and
Dr Lisa Marzano
Podcast The National Confidential
Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness
by Professor Louis Appleby
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