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Nurse suicide: why NHS employers need to learn from past tragedies

Employers could be missing opportunities to improve psychological support for staff
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Employers could be missing opportunities to improve psychological support for staff

If a nurse dies by suicide it is unlikely their employer will have a record of the fact – but with most nurses at above-average risk it seems all the more important that opportunities to improve workplace psychological support are not missed.

1,326

nurses have died in service at 148 NHS organisations in the UK since 2012

237

nurses reported feeling suicidal to the RCN's counselling service in 2018

A Nursing Standard survey found eight (5.4%) of 148 NHS participating employers said they were aware of suicide having been a cause of death among nurses they employed.

Among the organisations with no knowledge of suicides in their nursing staff are six NHS trusts where such cases were

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