Assessment of Psychological Distress among Suicidal Patients at EL Minia Poisoning Control Center
Assiut Scientific Nursing Journal
This study aimed at assessing the psychological distress of suicidal patients. A descriptive research design was utilized in this study. A sample of convenience of 50 suicidal patients was recruited from EL Minia Poisoning Control Center. A personal and medical assessment data sheet, stress scale, Hamilton depression scale, and Pierce suicide intent scale were used to achieve the purpose of the study. A structured interview method was used to collect data from patients. Results revealed that,
... ts revealed that, almost two thirds of the sample were females, unemployed, residing rural areas, and most of them were in the age group ranged from 20<30 years old. The majority of the sample had a bad level of stress, most sever level of depression and a high intent for suicide. Statistically significant positive correlations were detected between stress, depression and suicide intent. In conclusion suicidal patients had a high level of depression and stress so, this group of patients were in a great need for continuous psychological treatment and educational program for them and their families. It was recommended that, structured group activity sessions are needed for suicidal patients, and creative non competitive activity for teaching them the social skills for interaction with others, and how to cope with stress, depression and suicidal ideation.