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Suicide Risk Factors
Washington Post (May 1, 2005)


The first step in preventing suicide is to identify and understand the risk factors.  Risk factors are anything that increase the likelihood that a person will harm himself and are not necessarily causes.

  • Previous suicide attempts
  • History of mental disorders, particularly depression
  • History of alcohol or substance abuse
  • Family history of suicide
  • Family history of child mistreatment
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Impulsive or aggressive tendencies
  • Barriers to accessing mental health treatment
  • Loss (relationship, social, work or financial)
  • Physical illness
  • Easy access to lethal methods
  • Unwillingness to seek help because of the stigma attached to mental illness
  • Cultural or religious beliefs
  • Local epidemics of suicide
  • Feelings of isolation


SOURCE:  Center for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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