People With Schizophrenia Account for More Than 1 in 10 Suicide Cases

People With Schizophrenia Account for More Than 1 in 10 Suicide Cases

A new CAMH and Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) study shows that people with schizophrenia account for more than 1 in 10 cases of suicide in Ontario, and that young people are disproportionately affected. "Among people who died by suicide, having a diagnosis of schizophrenia is clearly over-represented," says Dr. Juveria Zaheer, first author and Clinician Scientist in CAMH's Institute for Mental Health Policy Research. The study, published in Schizophrenia Research, showed that 12 per cent of all suicide cases involved a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Approximately one per cent of the population has the disorder. Those with schizophrenia who...

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