Landmark study shakes long-held view on risks of suicide ideation

Questions raised about predicting a patient's risk of suicide from ideation alone

Nearly all patients who express suicidal thoughts to their GP or psychiatrist will not go on to suicide — yet most people who do die by suicide deny suicidal ideation, a landmark Australian study shows.


The findings, published in BJPsych Open, raise questions about the long-held view that a patient’s risk of suicide can be accurately predicted by clinicians asking about them about suicidal thoughts.

A meta-analysis of 71 studies, covering a total of 4.7 million participants, shows suicidal ideation as a standalone test