Two persons committed suicide following discharge from hospital – Ministry of Health

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Two persons have committed suicide less than a month after they have been discharged following a mental health diagnosis. These statistics have been issued by the Ministry of Health who also specified that once case occurred in 2016, whilst the other happened in 2017.

As part of the national mental health strategy, the government listed a number of indicators that may be used for evaluation in the sector.

Newsbook.com.mt has asked the ministry to provide the current results of these indicators.

The strategy covers the period 2020-2030, and an evaluation is expected in 2025.

A spokesperson from the ministry told Newsbook.com.mt that the expenditures for mental health services totalled over €40 million in 2017. A total of 641 individuals work in the sector and this includes both clinical and other professionals.

  • 2,154 persons sought hospitalisation for mental health issues in 2018.
  • Other results:
  • 396 out of 463 psychiatric beds were occupied at the beginning of August 2019;
  • The average length of stay at an acute psychiatric facility in Malta is 47 days;
  • The suicide mortality rate in 2018 was of 6.95% for males and 0.87% for females;
  • 498 children between the ages of 6 and 12 are receiving ADHD medication under the POYC scheme;
  • 233 patients received assistance for mental and behavioural disorders in 2018;
  • According to the 2015 Health Interview Survey 9.8% of persons between the age of 15 and 25 consume 6 or more units of alcohol a week, whilst the adult rate stands at 25.4%;
  • 3,012 individuals participated in the Mental Health First Aid Standard Course, 282 participated in the youth course and 270 took part in the teen course between 2016 and July 2019;
  • 2018 saw 1,760 voluntary admissions and 394 involuntary admissions;
  • 177 community treatment orders were issued in 2018.

In July 2019, the government issued a 50-page document with its mental health strategy for 2020-2030. Amongst other things authorities are proposing extended periods for school sports activities to improve mental health and a specialised ambulance service.

If you are going through a difficult period and have suicidal thoughts call Crisis Resolution Malta on 99 339 966 where mental health professionals will assist you 24/7. The initial call is free of charge. Free services are provided by kellimni.com, Helpline 179 and Richmond Foundations’ 1770 (Mon-Fri 0800 – 1900). In cases of imminent danger A&E at Mater Dei Hospital or 112 should be contacted.