deaths of psychiatric in-patients at record seven-year high
by Angela Hussain
(This article was edited on July 31, 2009)
number of unexplained deaths of psychiatric in-patients has reached
its highest level for eight years.
There were 49 sudden unexplained
deaths in 2006. In 1999, when records began, there were 37.
The figures for England and Wales
were from the National
Patient Safety Agency. They were contained in this week's
report by the National Confidential Inquiry Into Suicide And Homicide
By People With A Mental Illness.
"Possible explanations include
a true rise in sudden death, changes in the in-patient population
and better reporting," states the report."
report by The National Confidential Inquiry Into Suicide And Homicide
By People With A Mental Illness
Big Issue: service
can save lives
Catherine Clarke, carer, England, UK
October 21, 2009
1. I think the rise in suicides is connected with the rise in psychotropic
medications. Read: http://jannel.se/psychiatricdrugs.suicide.pdf
of psychotropic drugs are metabolised by the CYP 450 metabolising
system. Those service users who are unable to metabolise psychotropic
drugs efficiently, experience in effect, an overdose. One of the
consequences is suicide. The public are unaware of the genotyping
test, which determines a person's genetic metabolising status, let
alone the vast majority of mental health professionals. NICE will
not provide the genotyping test for mental health service users
which I think is irresponsible. In my opinion genotyping is vital
to safe guard the quality of life for service users. Particular
when they are sectioned. And have no choice.
further consideration for suicide is the despair of service users
within a system which works on the medical model basis. This is
largely associated with professionals attitudes which I think, and
from my experience, is psychological abusive. The disrespect shown
to service users who are sectioned on inpatient wards for many a
long period leads to despair.
difficulty is that professionals do not realise their attitudes
are abusive and consequently nothing changes. There is non so blind
as them who do not want to see.
Please read: Clarke
C., (2006) Relating With Professionals Journal of Psychiatric and
Mental Health Nursing, Vol13, 522–526
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