Year: 2001 Source: Psychiatric Services, v.52, no.12, (December 2001), p.1566 SIEC No: 20011565

This analysis used data from the 1993 National Mortality Followback Survey to investigate access to health care among people who completed suicide that year. Results showed less than a third of subjects received mental health treatment during their last year of life, & less than a fourth were being treated with an antidepressant medication. Despite low treatment rates, 76.4% of subjects had a psychiatric diagnosis or exhibited signs of psychosis or depression during their last year of life & 48.2% had a problem with drug or alcohol abuse. Compared to people who died of other conditions, it was estimated that suicide victims were nearly 3 times as likely to have been unable to get needed care & twice as likely to have refused needed care. (4 refs.)