Suicidal Ideation Across Three Timepoints in Patients Discharged from Psychiatric Hospitalization

Grace A. Porter, Casey Straud, Jason C. O’Connor, Kimberly V. Knopf, David L. Roberts

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This article describes the rate of suicidal ideation (SI) across three timepoints among treatment-seeking patients recently discharged from psychiatric hospitalization—a group that is at ultrahigh-risk for suicide. Retrospective chart review was used to quantify the rate of SI in 252 consecutive patients discharged to a post-hospital mental health clinic. Data include patients’ lifetime history of SI, SI at the time of hospital intake, and SI at post-hospital outpatient clinic intake, as well as demographics and diagnosis. Overall, 67% of the sample reported a lifetime history of SI, 49% reported SI during hospital intake, and 6% reported SI at post-hospital clinic intake. Age was the only variable associated with history of SI (p =.04), with younger patients more likely (OR = 1.85) to report a history of SI. These results may help inform the development of interventions for the population of ultrahigh-risk patients being discharged from hospital after psychiatric care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)806-811
Number of pages6
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2022


  • Chart review
  • Post-hospital
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Transitional care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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