Suicide Prevention – Let’s Get the Facts — 3 Comments

  1. You did not mention those afflicted with schizophrenia. My daughter started a medication 4 years ago for her positive symptoms which can be life threatening, such as self harm, running away, hallucinations to name s few. There is a black box label on her medication which lists side affects, one being weight gain. The manufacturer had 6 week trials on participants prior to FDA approval. I read the study done in 2011. They determined this drug would cause minor weight gain. My daughter was 130 pound 5-3 after two years her weight reached 170. Nothing helped, we exercised together, eat the same food by July 2021 her weight was 223. I suggested we try a first generation drug at a very low dose due to her begging the Dr to assist her in taking her life.

    • Hi, Joyce, and thank you for taking the time to reply. Yes, schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that could also have been included in that list. I’m so sorry to see that your daughter struggled in this way. Thank you for being open and vulnerable with us.

      • Thank you for your reply. My intent was not to point out an absence of noting this illness but
        rather to bring attention to the higher risk of this population being vulnerable to suicidal thoughts or behavior. The most vulnerable are the 30% who are medication resistant, meaning no drug in use to date of this writing is affective to give them a full /half full life. This is due to there bodies reaction to all drugs for SMI. My daughter has a 3-4 hour window in the morning in which we can enjoy life- then she is lost in her world of voices and anxiety. I celebrate these few hours.

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