Suicide is recognised as the most devastating possible outcome of a schizophrenic illness. This study examined the characteristics of 15 schizophrenic patients who committed suicide. These patients were older and less socially isolated than noted in other research. Drowning was the commonest method of suicide and overall, the methods chosen were comparable to those reported among the general Irish population. A past history of deliberate self harm was common although no temporal relationship between such behaviour and suicide emerged. The findings are discussed in the light of the existing literature on this topic.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- History and Philosophy of Science