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Human Studies

2019 Sep

J Pain



Remission From Suicidal Ideation Among Those in Chronic Pain: What Factors Are Associated With Resilience?



Although there have been many studies on the link between chronic pain and suicidality, surprisingly little research has focused on resilience and recovery among those in chronic and disabling pain who have had suicidal thoughts. The objectives of this study were to identify the prevalence and correlates of recovery from suicidal thoughts among those in chronic pain. A secondary analysis of a nationally representative sample of Canadians in chronic and disabling pain who had ever had serious suicidal thoughts (N = 635) was conducted to identify the prevalence and characteristics of those who are no longer considering suicide. Data were drawn from the Canadian Community Health Survey-Mental Health. Three in five Canadians in chronic pain (63%) who had seriously considered suicide at some point in their life had been free of these thoughts in the past year. Those free of suicidal ideation were significantly more likely to be older, women, white, better educated, with a confidant, and to use spirituality to cope, but less likely to have low household incomes, difficulties meeting basic expenses, and a history of depression and anxiety disorders. PERSPECTIVE: Almost two-thirds of formerly suicidal Canadians with chronic pain were free from suicidal thoughts in the past year. These findings provide a hopeful message of resilience and recovery in the context of disabling pain and help to improve targeted outreach to those most at risk for unremitting suicidality.