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Mental Health Incidents (300A/21)

Request

I wish to obtain info about Police recording of incidents related to: Mental Health, Suicide (completed, as well as attempted and suspected) and self harm. Cleveland Police advised me that they would record such reports/incidents on their system under the occurrence code ‘PS10 – Concern for Safety’, which could then have a ‘qualifier’ added to it, such as ‘Mental Health’, ‘Suicide/Suicide Risk’ or ‘Vulnerable adult’.

If your force records using the same system/occurrence codes as Cleveland Police, as described above, then please let me know the following:

Q1. Between 23/03/2019 and 22/02/2020 how many of the following did your force record:

a. PS10.
b. PS10 with Mental Health qualifier.
c. PS10 with Suicide or Suicide risk qualifier.

Q2. Exactly the same info as Q.1 a, b and c above, but for the time period 23/03/2020 to 22/02/2021.

If your force records such incidents differently then please let me know how many incidents regarding mental health concern for safety, suicide, suicide risk, attempted/suspected suicide etc your force recorded using whichever codes or recording methods your force uses, during the time periods outlined in Q1 and Q2 above.

Response

Please be advised that we do not have a qualifier/marker for suicide or suicide risk on our incident recording database. Therefore, we are unable to provide the information requested for question c). However, we have provided figures for the remainder of your request below.

FINAL CLASSIFICATION INCIDENT TIME PERIOD
23/03/2019 – 22/02/2020 23/03/2020 – 22/02/2021
(a) PUBLIC SAFETY/WELFARE CONCERN FOR SAFETY                                121,057                                   71,065
(b) PUBLIC SAFETY/WELFARE CONCERN FOR SAFETY – containing a mental health qualifier                                  10,051                                     7,830

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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