Methodology for researching deaths of people included analysis of almost 2,000 coroners’ reports

• Hundreds of mental health patients dying after NHS care failures

The Guardian’s analysis is based on coroners’ reports that outline where action should be taken to prevent future deaths. Since 2013 reports in England and Wales have been published online, detailing the circumstances of an individual’s death and highlighting where such failings could lead to future deaths.

The Guardian sought to capture deaths of mental health patients that occurred after failings in the care provided by NHS bodies. To identify deaths that involved mental health patients the Guardian downloaded almost 2,000 reports from the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website.

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".