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Suicide and Serious Mental Illness: An Overview of Considerations, Assessment, and Safety Planning

People who live with serious mental illness (SMI)—such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia—are at increased risk of suicide. Understanding the problem of suicide for those with SMI is a critical component of a comprehensive suicide prevention plan. This resource provides an overview of the considerations and suicide prevention measures at the intersection of suicide and SMI.  Suicide prevention coordinators can use this resource for prevention planning, informing care transitions, and promoting best practices in clinical settings. Clinicians can find helpful information and links to additional resources on suicide-safer care for those who live with SMI.

SMI Adviser and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) worked together to create this guide.