‘tragedy that so many are losing their lives’
Mental health charity Mind wants targets to extend to everyone leaving hospital after a mental health crisis.
Its findings show the lack of appropriate follow-up is also putting pressure on the NHS as people are not getting the help they need to recover.
Those not followed up within seven days were more than twice as likely to end up in A&E as a result of their issues within a first week of discharge.
Sophie Corlett, Mind’s director of external relations, said: “Thousands of people with mental health problems are not getting the appropriate follow-up when they are first discharged from hospital.
“It is a tragedy that so many people so very recently leaving the care of hospital are losing their lives. The government has put suicide prevention as a key patient safety issue and pledged to reduce suicides by 10 per cent in five years.
“Timelier follow-up for patients after they leave hospital could help achieve this.
“If you don’t get the right care after you leave, if you’re left to cope alone, you can end up in a revolving door going straight back in to hospital or be at risk of taking your own life.”