Year: 1977 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.130, (1977), p.244-252 SIEC No: 19820914

The coroner’s records of 110 accidental deaths resulting from poisoning, drowning and falling were examined for evidence of mental illness. Sixty per cent were classified as mentally ill before they died, with depression, drug dependence and alcoholism accounting for over three-quarters of the diagnoses. Deaths given accident verdicts should be included in the study of the mortality of the mentally ill.