Journal article

Suicide in schizophrenia: findings from a national clinical survey.

Isabelle M Hunt, Nav Kapur, Kirsten Windfuhr, Jo Robinson, Harriet Bickley, Sandra Flynn, Rebecca Parsons, James Burns, Jenny Shaw, Louis Appleby, undefined National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness

J Psychiatr Pract | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A reduction in suicide among individuals with mental illness is an international public-health priority. Approximately 10% of patients with schizophrenia will die by suicide. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to describe social and clinical characteristics of people with schizophrenia who completed suicide, including aspects of the clinical care they received. METHOD: A national clinical survey was conducted based on a 4-year (1996-2000) sample of people in England and Wales who had died by suicide and had been in contact with mental health services in the previous 12 months. RESULTS: Of 20,927 individuals who committed suicide, 5,099 (24%) were known to have been in contact ..

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