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In-patient suicide using non-collapsible rails


Suicide using curtain or shower rails by an inpatient in an acute mental health setting.

Main care setting

Mental health 

Preventative guidance

Inpatients in mental health units are at high risk of suicide, and hanging or strangulation is the most common method of suicide for this group. In 2000, the report An organisation with a memory highlighted the issue of collapsible rails. The following advice is available for providers to reduce this risk: