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How can suicide be prevented in people with schizophrenia?

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Schizophrenia is strongly linked to an elevated chance of suicide and suicide attempts.

Suicide prevention can be hard to do, because people with schizophrenia can sometimes act on suicidal thoughts impulsively and without warning. So, it’s essential that health care workers, family members, and friends be aware and know what to do.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

Pompili, M.  , March 16, 2007. Annals of General Psychiatry

FamilyDoctor.org: "Schizophrenia."

Hawton, K.   2005. The British Journal of Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 16, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

Pompili, M.  , March 16, 2007. Annals of General Psychiatry

FamilyDoctor.org: "Schizophrenia."

Hawton, K.   2005. The British Journal of Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 16, 2020

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