A study of untimely sudden deaths and people who took their lives while in the care of the Donegal Mental Health Service has found that almost half died less than one month after they disengaged with the services.
The study came about following concern within Donegal Mental Health Service about the sudden and untimely deaths of a number of service users.
The finding was part of an overall report produced on the study examining a total of 34 deaths between October 2011 to May 2015.
The launch took place at the Education Centre, St Conal’s Hospital, Letterkenny and was attended by representatives from the HSE, the community and voluntary sector and various other interested parties.
The study was commissioned by the Donegal Mental Health Service, funded by the National Office for Suicide Prevention and conducted by the National Suicide Research Foundation and led by Professor Ella Arensman, Dr Colette Corry and Ms Eileen Williamson.
Both Dr Clifford Hayley, Executive Clinical Director who instigated the study and Professor Ella Arensman gave their reaction.—- SOUNDBITES
A total of 34 deaths were included in the study, and 24 family informant interviews took place.
The entire study can be found on the following link