Health of the Nation
Meats P~~Salter E~~et al
In this letter, the authors dispute the findings that most people who committed suicide had been in contact with mental health services & that most had a mental illness. In a review of coroner’s records, it was found that 39 people who committed suicide were currently using health services or had been seen in the previous year as compared to 43 suicides who were not known to the psychiatric services. Less than half of the latter group were judged to have a mental illness.