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One in ten suicides by chronically or terminally ill 

23/08/2011 
Research by think-tank Demos has found that at least one in ten people who commit suicide are suffering from a terminal or chronic illness.
 

hospital corridorResearch contained in the report suggests that many of the patients studied chose to commit suicide rather than face more severe pain later on in their disease.

The study also finds wide variation in how verdicts of suicide are recorded by coroners and made available to the public and policymakers. Coroners told researchers they sometimes "turn a blind eye" when they suspect that a terminally ill person might have had help from a friend or relative in committing suicide.

Recommendations

The study recommends that, as part of the Government’s ongoing consultation on preventing suicide, they should consider making local suicide audits compulsory and that coroners’ duty to share information should be formalised.

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Contacts

Holly Mitchell
Holly.Mitchell@nhsconfed.org

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