How many people have died by suicide or suspected suicide while in residential mental health care from 2011 until 2021

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From: Paul Lynch

Dear Ministry of Health,

Could you please provide information on the number of people who have died in New Zealand by suicide or suspected suicide over the past decade while in residential mental health care.

Yours faithfully
Paul Lynch,

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Kia ora,

 

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Kia ora Paul,

 

Thank you for your request for official information. The Ministry's
reference number for your request is: H202116171.

 

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Kia ora Paul

 

Thank you for your request for official information, received on 13
November 2021 for:

 

“Could you please provide information on the number of people who have
died in New Zealand by suicide or suspected suicide over the past decade
while in residential mental health care.”

 

We are contacting you to clarify your request for official information. We
are unsure what you mean by ‘residential mental health care’, as this
could mean an inpatient mental health units, supported accommodation in
the community, or other NGO providers. Please note, there is publicly
available information available on this topic at:
[1]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/ment....

 

Please respond by 29 November 2021 so that we can consider your
clarification in our response to your request.

 

We look forward to receiving your response.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

Andrew Mackintosh

OIA Advisor | OIA Services | Office of the Director-General | Ministry of
Health

E: [2][email address]

 

 

 

 

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From: Paul Lynch

Dear Andrew Mackintosh,
By 'residential mental health care' I mean instances of suicide or suspected suicide while the people resident, as in living in a residential facility either voluntarily or otherwise.
My interest in the number of people who manage to take their own lives while they are living in/are patients in mental health facilities 24/7, that are staffed 24/7.
Thanks

Yours sincerely,

Paul Lynch

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