Suicide among immigrant psychiatric patients in Canada

Br J Psychiatry. 1991 Nov;159:707-9. doi: 10.1192/bjp.159.5.707.


Ninety-four Canadian-born psychiatric patients who committed suicide were compared with 23 foreign-born patients committing suicide in Canada. East Europeans were over-represented, and significant differences were found in the age distribution, stress, level of education, social isolation, and methods of suicide. Most foreign-born patients had come to Canada for family or economic reasons but were unemployed, with poor social integration. Employment, housing, education, social integration and a support network seem to be important in preventing these deaths. Cultural evaluation of the patient and early intervention is recommended.

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Europe / ethnology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Life Change Events
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*