Mental Health Current Event Analysis – Essay Example

Mental Health Article Analysis The article ‘Suicides By Mental Health Patients Preventable’ discusses a recent of Manchester report that states suicides by mentally ill patients could be reduced and prevented by requiring the patients to stay in the psychiatric ward for a longer period of time. It argues that as many as 50 deaths could be prevented by adhering to the new findings. The major report that influenced these findings was conducted by the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness. This group found that the relative conditions of the psychiatric wards is a notable factor in whether the psychiatric patients decide to stay or leave and that it is important for health care professionals working in these institutions to remain cognizant of these factors.
The study was conducted between 1997 and 2006 in the United Kingdom. Of the nearly 14,000 suicide cases during this period, nearly 2,000 of the patients had been involved in a psychiatric ward. While the report noted that the suicide rate declined considerably over the ten year study period, there is still much room for preventative measures to be implemented. Almost 40% of the suicide deaths by patients that had spent time at a psychiatric ward were by patients who had absconded. These people were likely to be young, unemployed, and homeless, and their primary disorder was schizophrenia. These peoples’ method of suicide is also more violent, as close to half of absconder suicide was done by jumping. The article indicates a number of measures that should be taken, including: paying more attention to exit pathways, improving psychiatric ward security, as well as regular risk assessments during the recovery period prior to granting leave.
References
‘Suicides By Mental Health Patients Preventable’. Medical News Today
www_medicalnewstoday_com_articles_177991_php.pdf, March 2010