Thoughts of suicide and stage of recovery in patients with schizophrenia in community mental health care.
Suicidality among patients with schizophrenia remains a major concern. The consumer-oriented concept of recovery has been recognised as important in recent years. We aimed to assess whether there was any relationship between stages of recovery and suicidality among people with schizophrenia in community care. In a community mental health service, 85 patients with schizophrenia consented to an interview during which their stages of recovery were assessed using the Stages of Recovery Instrument. They were asked about suicidality and screened for depression using the Revised Clinical Interview Schedule. Insight was assessed via the Insight and Treatment Attitudes Questionnaire. Data analysis involved logistic regression. In the past year 14% of the patients reported having wanted to die and 13% had considered suicide. Scores indicating the highest stage of recovery were associated with lower odds of suicidal thoughts. In contrast, suicidality was not significantly associated with depression or stage of insight. The link found between suicidality and stages of recovery has practical implications for suicide prevention among those with schizophrenia in community care. Approaches that facilitate the recovery process may reduce suicidal thoughts in this population.