Suicide Risk in Schizophrenia: Learning from the Past To Change the Future

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.

Target audience:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses

This CE course is designated as intermediate to advanced.

The pdf version is available at http://www.annals-general-psychiatry.com/content/pdf/1744-859X-6-10.pdf


Learning Objectives

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.
  • Print Version / Test Preview
  • Part 1: Background
  • Part 2: Materials and Methods
  • Part 3: Results
    • Risk Factors
    • Risk Factors
    • Risk Factors
    • Risk Factors
    • Risk Factors
    • Risk Factors
    • Risk Factors
    • Risk Factors
    • Risk Factors
    • Prevention and Treatment
    • Prevention and Treatment
    • Prevention and Treatment
  • Part 4: Conclusion
  • Part 5: References
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Maurizio Pompili [1,2], Xavier F Amador [3], Paolo Girardi [1], Jill Harkavy-Friedman [4], Martin Harrow [5], Kalman Kaplan [5], Michael Krausz [6], David Lester [7], Herbert Y Meltzer [8], Jiri Modestin [9], Lori P Montross [10], Preben Bo Mortensen [11], Povl Munk-Jørgensen [12], Jimmi Nielsen [12], Merete Nordentoft [13], Pirjo Irmeli Saarinen [14], Sidney Zisook [10], Scott T Wilson [3] and Roberto Tatarelli [1]

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 Deptartment of Psychiatry (Burghölzli 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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