This presentation reported on a follow-up study of 1484 patients from three psychiatric units in Birmingham, England. Patients were followed up after a mean of 10.9 years. 139 patients had died, 14 of these deaths were suicides. 17 other deaths were considered to be quasisuicide – death was possibly or partially attributable to the patient’s mental state or psychiatric condition. The circumstances of these 31 deaths were examined in more detail. An attempt was made to explain the relationship between the peak duration of interval from discharge to death.