source: Equality and Human Rights Commission
published: 11 June 2014
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has today launched an inquiry into the non-natural deaths of adults with mental health conditions who die while being detained by the state.
The inquiry will look at suicide, homicide, unknown and accidental deaths of people in psychiatric hospitals, prison and police custody in England and Wales, to identify what can be done to help prevent more tragedies. Aligned evidence gathering will go forward in Scotland.
According to official figures 215 people died in prison last year – the highest number since records began. Of these 74 were suicides. There were 98 non-natural deaths of people detained in psychiatric hospitals and almost half of those who died in police custody in 2012/13 had mental health conditions.
Mental health deaths inquiry launched
10 June 2014