Suicide is a major cause of death among patients with schizophrenia. Research indicates that at least 5 - 13% of schizophrenic patients die by suicide, and it is likely that the higher end of the range is the most accurate estimate. This article reviews multiple aspects of the problem and provides strategies for reducing suicide risk among schizophrenia patients.
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Maurizio Pompili [1,2], Xavier F Amador , Paolo Girardi , Jill Harkavy-Friedman , Martin Harrow , Kalman Kaplan , Michael Krausz , David Lester , Herbert Y Meltzer , Jiri Modestin , Lori P Montross , Preben Bo Mortensen , Povl Munk-Jrgensen , Jimmi Nielsen , Merete Nordentoft , Pirjo Irmeli Saarinen , Sidney Zisook , Scott T Wilson  and Roberto Tatarelli 
1 Department of Psychiatry, Sant'Andrea Hospital, "Sapienza" University of Rome, Italy
2 McLean Hospital - Harvard Medical School, USA
3 Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, USA
4 New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University, New York, USA
5 Department of Psychology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, USA
6 Psychiatric Clinic, University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
7 Center for the Study of Suicide, Blackwood, USA
8 Department of Psychiatry Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, USA
9 Department of Psychiatry (Burgh_lzli Hospital), University of Zurich, Switzerland
10 Department of Psychiatry, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, University of California San Diego, USA
11 National Centre for Register-Based Research, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
12 Unit for Psychiatric Research, Aalborg Psychiatric Hospital, Aarhus University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark
13 Department of Psychiatry Copenhagen University, Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark
14 Department of Psychiatry Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland
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Upon completing this program, participants should be able to
- Identify suicide risk and protective factors for patients with schizophrenia.
- Discuss suicide prevention in patients with schizophrenia.