When do mental health related homicides occur?

We’ve done a breakdown of the 2000+ mental health related homicides we’ve identified so far – to see if there are any potential patterns.

We’ve broken them down by month, day of the week, and day of the month.

The 2000+ cases date from 1993 – 2022 and have all been identified from press reports, official inquiries and investigations and legal judgments. They are a considerable underestimate of the total number of such cases.

Which Month?

We found the highest number of mental health related homicides occurred in March, followed by June, July, and then January

Which Day?

The greatest number of mental health related homicides happened on a Wednesday, followed by Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.

Which Day of the Month?

We recorded the greatest number of mental health related homicides on the 2nd of the month, followed by the 25th, then equal numbers for the 5th and 12th

Note: This isn’t a scientific study. We’re not statisticians just families affected by mental health related homicides, but offered to encourage discussion and further research.

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