Please find below comment from Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, on the annual report by the National Confidential Inquiry into Homicide and Suicide by People with Mental Illness (NCI):
“Our concern grows by the day that people at risk of suicide are being left with little or no help under the care of home treatment services. At SANE we have calls from suicidal people who may receive brief visits from a variety of team members but feel they have nowhere to turn in crisis.
“With the Government’s agenda to reduce psychiatric beds it is almost impossible to find any form of asylum and protection from self-destructive despair. We call on the Government to take note of the disturbing figure of 195 people who at the last count committed suicide while in the community. We question the policy which has swung so far from inpatient to outpatient care for the vast majority of people with mental illness. This can lead to lack of oversight and underestimation of the need for consistent supervised care for those at risk.”
For more information please contact the SANE media department on 020-7422 5556.