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Original Research Article

Year: 2019 | Month: March | Volume: 9 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 168-172

A Study on Caregiver’s Knowledge on Early Warning Signs of Suicide in Mentally Ill Patients in a Selected Hospital Mangalore

Ms. Soji S Saji1, Ms. Shaleena Elisha Dsouza1, Ms. Meper Pangi1, Ms. Vrinda Poojary1, Mr. Rajeev Mathew2

1UG Students, Father Muller College of Nursing
2Assistant Professor, Department of Mental Health Nursing, Father Muller College of Nursing, Mangaluru, Karnataka.

Corresponding Author: Mr. Rajeev Mathew


Many of mentally ill patients are committing suicide due to various factors. The health care professionals are mainly focusing on preventing the suicidal incidence among mentally ill patients. Caregivers of mentally ill patients have an important role in preventing suicidal incidence. The adequate knowledge of caregivers on perceiving the warning signs of suicide can prevent the incidence of suicide in mentally ill patients. The present study aimed to assess the caregivers’ knowledge on early warning signs of suicide in mentally ill patients and find the association between the knowledge and the demographic variable of the caregivers. Methodology: A structured knowledge questionnaire was used and 64 caregivers participated in the study by simple random sampling technique. The data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: The findings of the study demonstrated that majority of the caregivers 44% had good knowledge and there is no significant association between the knowledge and demographic variables.

Key words: Knowledge; Care givers; Suicide; Early warning signs; mentally ill patients

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