Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain and Suicide Prevention

The relationship between physical health and mental health is well established. Research studies and interventions have examined the physical wellbeing of those with a mental disorder although this is yet to be given consistent policy and practice attention. The study of the reciprocal relationship, the mental health of those with a physical disorder, has received even less consideration. This position statement will explore the existing literature on chronic illness and suicide and chronic pain and suicide, linking it with recommendations for improving policy and practice to aid suicide prevention.