Table 2

Diagnostic and illness-stage correlates of suicidal ideation in young people presenting for mental health care
% [n]
No suicidal ideation Any suicidal ideation “Life not worth living” Thoughts of death or Suicidal ideation
Diagnostic category
Depression 58.1 [108] 41.9 [78] 17.7 [33] 24.2 [45]
Bipolar 69.6 [55] 30.4 [24] 20.3 [16] 10.1 [8]
Psychosis 74.4 [90] 25.6 [31] 13.2 [16] 12.4 [15]
Other 76.9 [83] 23.1 [25] 11.1 [12] 12.0 [13]
Clinical Stage*
Stage 1a: help-seeking 83.3 [60] 16.7 [12] 9.7 [7] 6.9 [5]
Stage 1b: attenuated syndromes 64.9 [155] 35.1 [84] 19.7 [47] 15.5 [37]
Stage 2: discrete disorder 65.7 [71] 34.3 [37] 12.0 [13] 22.2 [24]
Stage 3+: recurrent or persistent major illness 66.1 [41] 33.9 [21] 12.9 [8] 21.0 [13]

Note: “No suicidal ideation” denotes HDRS item-3 score = 0; “Any suicidal ideation” denotes HDRS item-3 > 0; “Life not worth living” denotes HDRS item-3 score = 1; “Thoughts of death or Suicidal ideation” denotes HDRS item-3 score >1. HDRS = Hamilton Depression rating Scale. *Clinical stage data was missing for N = 13 cases. Chi-square testing for differences in rates of ‘no’ versus ‘any’ suicidal ideation was significantly different across diagnostic groups [χ2(3, 494) = 14.7, p < .01] as well as illness stage [χ2(3, 481) = 9.2, p < .05].

Scott et al.

Scott et al. BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:234   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-12-234

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