|Who's at Risk
The risk of suicide is greatest for people who feel hopeless about the future, or individuals with mental illness who have recently been discharged from a hospital. In addition, those with a family history of suicide and anyone who has made a previous attempt are more likely to attempt suicide in the future.
People suffering from schizophrenia have a particularly high risk for suicide with nearly half attempting suicide at some point during their lifetime. Tragically, 10% of these individuals will ultimately succeed in taking their own lives. Research suggests that the risk is even higher for people diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, an illness in which there are both severe mood swings (mania and/or depression), and some psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia. Suicide risk is also increased among individuals with substance abuse disorders and people suffering from chronic depression.
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