Self-harm: half of inpatient cases dealt with by hospitals involve existing mental health service users November 27th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Self-harm: half of inpatient cases dealt with by hospitals involve existing mental health service users A third of all service user cases involve intentional self-harm with prescription drugs Just over half of adult self-harm cases dealt with by hospitals last year involved existing specialist mental health service users, first-time analysis shows today. Such service users accounted for 56 per cent (54,700 of 96,900) of self-harm inpatient care episodes in 2012-13, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). Of the remaining care episodes, 11 per cent (10,500) resulted in a mental health assessment on the same day as admission, while a further 11 per cent (11,000) were assessed later in the year. Today’s report also shows a third of self-harm episodes involving these services users related to intentional self-poisoning by prescription drugs generally used for treating conditions such as depression, epilepsy and schizophrenia. The figures are presented for the first time following HSCIC linkage of two HSCIC data sets –Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and the Mental Health Minimum Data Set (MHMDS) – providing a new level of detail about mental health hospital activity in England. Key facts from this new special topic, which is part of the wider HSCIC annual Mental Health Bulletin, show that considering self-harm inpatient episodes involving adult mental health service users, in 2012-13: Hospitals recorded just over 76,200 inpatient care episodes for 53,000 individual mental health service users – equating to an average of 1.4 episodes per individual. This means some service users had more than one care episode for self-harm during the year. Just over a third (26,400 of 76,200) of episodes related to intentional self-poisoning using prescription drugs, generally used for treating conditions such as depression, epilepsy and schizophrenia. Just under a third (almost 25,200) related to intentional self-poisoning using over-the-counter drugs, while the remaining third related to about 20 other self-harm codes. Women accounted for the majority of self-harm care episodes – accounting for 57 per cent (43,700) of cases. The peak age was 18 among women and 23 among men. Key facts from today’s wider Mental Health Bulletin, which is based on MHMDS data only, show that in England in 2012-13: Almost one adult in 27 in England – or just over 1.5 million adults, were in contact with specialist mental health services, which is similar to last year. Over a third (almost 36 per cent) of people who use specialist mental health services are aged 65 or above (just over 566,000 people in total) whereas people in this age group make up only 16.3 per cent of the overall population. Almost one in six women aged 90 were recorded as mental health services users (16,800 per 100,000 of the population, or 57,600 in total) – the highest population rate by age and gender. HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: “The subject of self-harm and to an extent mental health may still be seen as taboo topics to explore– but it is important to understand these areas and provide high quality information, to help inform debate and shape decision-making. This is of course vital when it comes to service planning and provision of care for people with often complex needs. “Today’s report gives several important areas of insight – including the extent to which those already in contact with specialist mental health services self-harm so seriously they require hospital inpatient care. Our data also shows that many of these self-harm incidents involve everyday drugs that can be bought over the counter.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!