Study shows high risk of accidental deaths

The analysis in the whole Swedish population of nearly seven million, from 2001 to 2008, found that 0.9% of deaths in people with a mental illness were accidental, higher than the 0.6% of deaths attributable to suicide.

The higher risk of accidental death in people with a mental illness wasn’t entirely due to substance abuse, because adjusting for this, in addition to sociodemographic factors, showed the risk of accidental death was still four-fold higher.

Accidental poisoning was one of the highest types of accidental death, being three