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Self-Harm Crisis - One Attempted Suicide Every 27 Hours in 2013

UK Detention Estate: Though self-harm attempts were down in Q4 the total for 2013, January through December hit a record high of 325, one attempt on average every 27 hours.

Yarl's Wood had 74 attempts in 2013 compared to 75 in the previous 4 years.

Brook House remained the worst IRC for self-harm and those on self-harm watch for the second year running.

Cedars 6 persons on Self-Harm Watch Q4

Number of Incidents of Self-Harm Requiring Medical Treatment January Through December - 2013
Total Jan Feb Mar   Apr May Jun   Jul Aug Sep   Oct Nov Dec
Quarter 1   Quarter 2   Quarter 3   Quarter 4
Brook House 84 3 13 10   13 11 2   13 3 3   6 3 4
     
Campsfield House 8 1 0 1   1 1 1   1 1 1   0 0 0
     
Colnbrook 20 1 2 3   2 1 1   4 0 2   2 2 0
     
Dover 34 1 3 3   2 5 4   2 5 5   3 1 0
     
Dungavel 3 0 0 1   0 0 0   0 0 0   0 1 1
     
Harmondsworth 34 0 0 1   9 7 8   0 0 1   1 4 3
     
Haslar 10 0 2 1   0 2 1   1 0 3   0 0 0
     
Morton Hall 39 0 4 5   0 2 0   2 5 6   9 3 3
     
Tinsley House 17 3 0 4   6 1 1   1 1 0   0 0 0
     
Yarl's Wood 74 5 5 4   8 5 2   9 12 12   5 1 6
     
Larne 0 0 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 0
     
Pennine House 1 0 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 1   0 0 0
     
Cedars 1 1 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 0
     
  325 15 29 33   41 35 20   33 27 34   26 15 17
                       
Subtotal   Q1  -  77   Q2 - 96   Q3 - 94   Q4 - 58

*±±± Khalid Shahzad Age 52: Died on Saturday 30th March 2013. It has been confirmed that Mr. Shahzad, was discharged from Colnbrook IRC as medically unfit to remain in detention on Saturday 30th March. He was travelling back to Manchester by train and died around 19:15 hrs on the journey. Detainees said, Doctors referred to Mr Shahzad to the coronary angiogram and he went through with that process and eventually because of stress became extremely unhealthy.

±±± Alois Dvorzac an 84-year-old Canadian died after becoming ill at Harmondsworth IRC. He was said to be "extremely distressed" before being rushed to hospital on Sunday 10th February 2013. He died later that day in hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Individuals on Formal Self-Harm at Risk in Immigration Detention January Through December - 2013
                       
Total Jan Feb Mar   Apr May Jun   Jul Aug Sept   Oct Nov Dec
               
Brook House 439 32 38 46   37 48 50   49 48 33   18 15 25
     
Campsfield House 123 10 6 11   12 15 9   12 15 13   8 5 7
     
Colnbrook 391 28 40 35   36 39 35   36 27 41   29 21 24
     
Dover 130 9 12 5   5 17 12   12 15 12   10 11 10
     
Dungavel 109 6 7 12   19 15 9   6 9 6   4 10 6
     
Harmondsworth 394 19 25 40   50 52 61   29 30 19   23 28 18
     
Haslar 46 2 4 2   5 9 8   6 1 3   2 2 2
     
Morton Hall 186 3 10 9   18 6 38   13 19 22   23 19 6
     
Tinsley House 165 19 8 10   22 16 17   22 14 15   8 9 5
     
Yarl's Wood 358 25 33 37   30 32 27   25 33 39   23 24 30
     
Larne 2 0 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 0   0 1 1
     
Pennine House 12 1 0 1   0 0 1   1 2 2   1 2 1
     
Cedars Pre-departure 24 4 6 3   0 1 0   2 0 2   1 3 2
     
Subtotal   2379 126 189 211   234 249 267   210 211 203   150 150 137
                     
Q1 - 526   Q2 - 750   Q3 - 624   4th Quarter437
                           

 

Self Harm in Immigration Detention - July/August/September 2013 

There were 94 suicide attempts 2 less than the previous quarter

Morton Hall IRC had a 600% increase 13 compared to 2 in the previous quarter

624 Individuals on Formal Self-Harm at Risk 126 less than previous quarter

There was one death: Tahir Mehmood, aged 43 a national of Pakistan: Died in Pennine House STHC on Friday 26th July 2013. 'He was refusing to leave the centre because he feared police torture and detention in Pakistan but the UK Border Agency (UKBA) refused to listen to his pleas for sanctuary in Britain.

'No-Deportations' asked UKBA for figures on self-harm in immigration detention between July and September 2013 inclusive, under the following headings:

1. Number of individuals on formal self–harm at risk.
2. Number of Incidents of self-harm requiring medical treatment.
3. Number of deaths if any.

In Campsfield House, Brook House, Colnbrook, Dover, Dungavel, Harmondsworth, Haslar, Morton Hall, Tinsley House, Yarl's Wood IRC's, any Short Term Hold Centres and Cedars pre-departure accommodation. Their response:

There has been one death at Pennine House Short-Term Holding Facility in July 2013

Data requested on Self-Harm is as below -


Self Harm in Immigration Detention - April/May/June 2013 

Attempted Suicides Reach all Time High in Immigration Removal Centres

Attempted Suicides have reached an all time high in Immigration Removal Centres as has the number of detainees on Suicide watch; in Quarter two 2013 compared to Quarter one there were:

96 incidents a 24% Increase in Attempted Self-Harm Needing Medical Treatment

750 detainees a 42.5% Increase in detainees deemed to be at risk of Self-Harm

Q2 has shown the worst number of incidents, since records began.

Previous UKBA data on Self-Harm in the UK Immigration estate <http://www.no-deportations.org.uk/Resources/QuickLinks.html>here . . . .

'No-Deportations asked UKBA for figures on self-harm in immigration detention between April/May/June 2013 inclusive, under the following headings:

1. Number of individuals on formal self-harm at risk.

2. Number of Incidents of self-harm requiring medical treatment.

3. Number of deaths if any.

In Campsfield House, Brook House, Colnbrook, Dover, Dungavel, Harmondsworth, Haslar, Morton Hall, Tinsley House, Yarl's Wood IRCs, any Short Term Hold Centres and Cedars pre-departure accommodation.

UKBA replied: The data requested on self-harm in Immigration Removal Centres, Short-Term Holding Facilities (STHFs) and Cedars pre-departure accommodation is detailed in the tables below; it is based on management information only and has not been subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications. These figures are provisional and are subject to change.

There have been no deaths at any of the Immigration Removal Centres, STHFs and Cedars pre-departure accommodation during this period.

Previous statistics: January 2007 through December 2012 are <>here . . . .

Last updated 11 March, 2014