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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 18 August 2005 2005) . . Page.. 2986 ..


How many mental health clients (a) suicided and (b) attempted suicide each month from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(a) The number of active mental health clients of Mental Health ACT from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 who have had a confirmed suicide through a completed coronial process is six.

(b) From the reports to the General Manager of Mental Health ACT, the number of active mental health clients of Mental Health ACT who have attempted suicide from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 is twenty-two.

(a) The total number of active mental health clients who have had confirmed suicides through a completed coronial process and have been reported through to the General Manager of Mental Health ACT for:

1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004 is eight;

1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003 is ten; and

1 July 2001 to 30 June 2002 is eight.

The total number of active mental health clients who have attempted suicide and have been reported through to the General Manager of Mental Health ACT for

1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004 is two;

1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003 is twelve; and

1 July 2001 to 30 June 2002 – this period predates availability of this data through the electronic database.

All suspected suicides and attempted suicides reported to the General Manager of Mental Health ACT are reviewed by the Mental Health Clinical Review Committee. This is a privileged committee under the Health Act 1993 and all recommendations arising from the review of incidents are addressed through this Committee.

(a) The monthly breakdown of the number of active mental health clients who have had confirmed suicides through a completed coronial process from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 is six:

2004

2005

July 2004

2

Jan 2005

0

August 2004

0

Feb 2005

0

Sept 2004

1

Mar 2005

1

Oct 2004

1

Apr 2005

1

Nov 2004

0

May 2005

0

Dec 2004

0

June2005

0

(b) The monthly breakdown of the number of attempted suicides by active mental health clients identified by Mental Health ACT from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 is twenty-two:


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