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Mental health patient suicides reach 10-year high

Mental health patient suicides reach 10-year high

The number of suicides by UK mental health patients has reached a 10-year high. The University of Manchester report, which looked at the number of patient suicides from 2003 to 2013, found the highest number - 1,876 - was in 2013. Patient suicides accounted for 30% of all suicides in 2013 - an increase of 3% from 10 years earlier.The largest rise was seen in middle-aged men, 45 to 54 years old, where the increase since 2006 was 73%. Alcohol and economic factors such as job loss and debt may be contributing to the rise.