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What can help with suicidal patients with schizophrenia?

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If you know someone who is thinking or talking about suicide, get them help. You can call 911 or a crisis line, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

If someone has schizophrenia and is not suicidal now, they need:

  • Treatment for any depression symptoms
  • Improvement in how well they follow their schizophrenia treatment
  • People who can closely watch them, especially if they’ve had significant losses
  • A safety plan that prepares for any inability to cope with what is happening or any worsening of symptoms

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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