Why do adults go missing?
There are a wide range of reasons why adults and children go missing, with varying levels of intentionality, and often more than one cause. The charity is keen to enhance understanding of these factors further, which will require further research.
Among the most common reasons for adults to be missing are:
- Diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issues: up to 8 in every 10 missing adults
- Relationship breakdown: 3 in 10 missing adults
- Dementia: around 1 in 10 adult missing incidents (4 in every 10 people with dementia will go missing at some point, often unintentionally)
- Financial problems: 1 in 50 adults have stated this as a principal reason for missing
- Escaping violence: 1 in 50 missing adults
The most common issues raised in conversations with adults contacting our helpline (in order of commonality):
- Mental health issues including risks of suicide or self-harm
- Problems at home including relationship breakdown
- Abuse or domestic violence