Year: 2008 Source: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, v.15, no.4, (May 2008), p.235-244 SIEC No: 20100052

This study examined the incidence of suicide & self-harm in asylum seekers in the United Kingdom, both those in detention & in the community. Available data showed high levels of self-harm & suicide for detained asylum seekers as compared with the United Kingdom prison population. It is suggested this could be attributed to routine failure to observe & mitigate risk factors. The author makes a number of recommendations to improve prevention & research in this population. (26 refs.)