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Publication of Report on Suicide in Children and Young People

Date: Wednesday, 20th Oct 2021 | Category: National News, Publications

Last week the National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) published a report on suicide in children and young people. The report identifies common characteristics of children and young people who die by suicide, investigates factors associated with these deaths and pulls out recommendations for service providers and policymakers.

The NCMD sets out their findings in brief:

  • Services should be aware that child suicide is not limited to certain groups; rates of suicide were similar across all areas, and regions in England, including urban and rural environments, and across deprived and affluent neighbourhoods.
  • 62% of children or young people reviewed had suffered a significant personal loss in their life prior to their death, this includes bereavement and “living losses” such as loss of friendships and routine due to moving home or school or other close relationship breakdown.
  • Over one third of the children and young people reviewed had never been in contact with mental health services. This suggests that mental health needs or risks were not identified prior to the child or young person’s death.
  • 16% of children or young people reviewed had a confirmed diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental condition at the time of their death. For example, autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This appears higher than found in the general population.
  • Almost a quarter of children and young people reviewed had experienced bullying either face to face or cyber bullying. The majority of reported bullying occurred in school, highlighting the need for clear anti-bullying policies in schools.

For more information on the report and its findings, visit the NCMD website.

The MSCP website provides some information about children and young people’s mental health and signposts to local services where you can get help. Visit our Mental Health pages.