Requests for information

We publish our responses to your requests for information from the data we hold. Data requests from the last 12 months will also be published in our annual reports (from October 2018).

Please note that we are unable to release any information that would identify a healthcare organisation, and we will only publish aggregate figures of three or more.

We can only provide analysis on datasets that have been previously used in our most recent annual report. If you have a question that you think we could answer, please email us at ncish@manchester.ac.uk.

Suicide in those aged under 18

Information requested:

(1) Number of children and young people aged under 18 who died by suicide, including those were patients of psychiatric settings. 

Date requested: 20 March 2019

Response:

In the UK, between 2006 and 2016 (the period of our 2018 annual report) there were 182 (1% of the total number of suicide deaths in this period) children (under the age of 18) who died by suicide or undetermined death. 

In this period (2006-2016), 14 children aged under 18 were patients of psychiatric settings at the time of death.

 

Suicide by LGBT young people

Information requested:

(1) Number of children and young people aged under 20 who died by suicide who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

Date requested: 4 September 2018

Response:

Based on the sample from our 2017 report Suicide by children and young people (January 2014 – December 2016), 13 (5%) were LGBT young people and 4 (1%) were reported to be uncertain about their sexual orientation. Of these 13, 9 were homosexual and 4 were bisexual.

In-patient suicides using electrical cords

Information requested:

(1) Proportion of in-patient suicides using electrical cords

Date requested: 22 August 2018

Response:

Based on our England and Wales report sample (2005-2015), there were 285 deaths by hanging on the ward. Where the information was known, 10 (4%) of these deaths used electrical cords, including chargers for electrical devices.

In-patient suicides on secure units

Information requested:

(1) Proportion of in-patient suicides occurring on secure units

Date requested: 20 July 2018

Response:

Based on our UK report sample (2005-2015), there were 1,162 in-patient suicides (actual numbers). Of these, 359 (31%) died on the ward itself. 27 of those in-patient deaths occurred on a low or medium secure unit, or in a high secure hospital.

In-patient suicides occurring at night

Information requested:

(1) Proportion of in-patient suicide deaths occurring at night (e.g. 11pm to 7am)

Date requested: 14 June 2018

Response:

Between 2011-2016, there were 464 in-patient suicides (actual numbers). Of these, 54 (16% excluding unknowns [out of 338]) died at night between 11pm-7am (24 on the ward, 30 off the ward). 150 (33%) in-patients died on the ward. Of these, 24 (20% excluding unknowns) died at night. 20 (83%) died by hanging/strangulation, 18 of those in either a single bedroom or shared room. 

Suicide by people with dementia

Information requested:

  1. Place of residence at time of suicide by people with dementia
  2. Proportion of in-patients

Date requested: 20 March 2018

Response:

Based on our UK report sample (2005-2015), there were 193 patients with a primary or secondary diagnosis of dementia who died by suicide – this number was projected up to 203 cases to take into account delays in data received from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Of the 193 cases, the majority (154, 80%) were living at home and 26 (13%) were in a nursing home/residential care. There were 13 in-patients with dementia, representing 7%, similar to the total patient population (8%).

Homicides by older people

Information requested:

Total number of homicides committed by older people

Date requested: 15 March 2018

Response:

For the 11 years between 01/01/2005 and 31/12/2015 there were 86 (1.4%) (N=6,004) homicide offenders who were aged over 65 at the time of their offence.

Rates of suicide in young men

Information requested:

  1. Rates of suicide in men aged under 25 in the report sample 2005-2015
  2. Rates of suicide in men aged 25-34 in the report sample 2005-2015
  3. Key features of male patients who died by suicide in 2015
  4. Age breakdown of male patients who died by suicide in 2015

Date requested: 2 March 2018

Response:

  1. Rates of suicide in men aged under 25 in England, 2005-2015

No trend

  Population Suicide number Suicide rate
2005 4948132 327 6.6
2006 4983674 316 6.3
2007 5036803 310 6.2
2008 5044646 356 7.1
2009 5040274 308 6.1
2010 5065872 342 6.8
2011 5086875 332 6.5
2012 5058852 378 7.5
2013 5023751 332 6.6
2014 5017622 344 6.9
2015 5018219 361 7.2

 

  1. Rates of suicide in men aged 25-34 in England, 2005-2015

Significant fall in rates, no trend in number

  Population Suicide number Suicide rate
2005 3395099 596 17.6
2006 3394391 553 16.3
2007 3404257 587 17.2
2008 3448486 593 17.2
2009 3482400 551 15.8
2010 3524521 539 15.3
2011 3591206 545 15.2
2012 3623605 581 16.0
2013 3672381 583 15.9
2014 3705510 535 14.4
2015 3745263 563 15.0

 

  1. Characteristics of male patients who died by suicide in England in 2015
  Number=751 %

Demographic features

Age: median (range)

Aged under 25

Not currently married

Living alone

Unemployed

On long-term sick leave

Black and minority ethnic group

Homeless

 

47 (15-94)

46

518

343

66

50

48

16

 

 

8

73

49

45

9

7

2

Priority groups

In-patients

Recent (<3 months) discharge

Under crisis resolution/home treatment services

Missed last contact in previous month

Non-adherence with medication in previous month

 

36

93

102

146

78

 

5

13

15

21

12

Clinical features

Any secondary diagnosis

Duration of illness (<12 months)

Over 5 previous admissions

First contact with mental health services:

<12 months

>5 years

Last admission was a re-admission

 

377

167

42

 

182

339

39

 

51

24

6

 

25

47

11

Behavioural features

History of self-harm

History of violence

History of alcohol misuse

History of drug misuse

 

442

178

333

289

 

62

26

48

41

Contact with services

Last contact within 7 days of death

Symptoms of mental illness at last contact

 

315

434

 

42

62

Note: projected figures to account for delays in data return

 

  1. Age breakdown male suicides, 2015
Age Number = 751

%

 

Under 25 61 8
25-34 122 16
35-44 154 21
45-54 171 23
55-64 130 17
65+ 113 15
Suicide by burning

Information requested:

  1. The number of suicides by burning
  2. The number of in-patient suicides by burning

Date requested: 5 February 2018

Response:

The most recent year on which NCISH data is available is 2015. For the UK, we can provide the number of people who died by suicide by burning, and the number of patients who died by suicide by burning for the calendar years 2014 and 2015, and for our most recent report  period 2005-2015, with patients defined as those in contact with mental health services in the 12 months prior to death.

Due to small numbers, we are unable to provide the number of in-patients who died by suicide by burning for individual years. This is consistent with our previous practice, and with advice from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) about suppression of numbers below which patient identification would be likely.

Suicide by burning (UK-wide)

2014 2015
General population 59 46
Patient 17 10

 

2005-2015
Patient 259
In-patient 14