Major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are three psychiatric illness stressors that are risk factors for suicide. Studies have shown that approximately 90 percent of people who commit suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric illness. More than 60 percent of these suicides are due to major depression.

Although there are successful treatments for these disorders, less than 45 percent of these people were diagnosed or ever treated for their mental disorder. The Division of Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center uses an eclectic approach to treatment.