New study investigates risk of death among patients hospitalized for self-harm

Patients who self-harm and are admitted to a psychiatric bed have a high risk of death after discharge, according to the lead author of a new University of Manchester study. To examine the association between hospital care and patients' subsequent risk of death, the University of Manchester conducted followed up on 38,415 people admitted to a hospital because of self-harm. Within 12 months, 261 had died by suicide and 832 had died from other causes. "Clearly we need to do more to find out what works following self-harm and how it works," said professor Nav Kapur, who led the study. "Attendance at hospital represents an opportunity for services to address underlying issues such as mental health problems, difficult life circumstances and alcohol use, which contribute to self-harm."  Announcement