Depression And Suicide

Depression And Suicide

People with mood disorders are at a particularly high risk of suicide. Studies indicate that more than 90 percent of suicide victims have a diagnosable psychiatric illness. Both major depression and bipolar disorder account for 15 to 25 percent of all deaths by suicide in patients with severe mood disorders. And suicide is the most common cause of death for people with schizophrenia. Statistics Canada reports that suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death in Canada. 

Depression rates amongst the homeless population are higher than amongst the general population. Suicide among homeless people, both adults and young people, is a known health problem, with 22-46 percent having attempted suicide and up to 61 percent having had suicidal thoughts. Early experiences of homelessness as well as extended experiences of homelessness (longer than 6 months) are associated with higher rates of suicide and suicidal thoughts.