Risk factors are stressful events, situations, and/or conditions that are associated with greater potential for suicide and suicidal behavior. According to the Surgeon General, these include but are not limited to:

  • Prior suicide attempt(s)
  • Misuse and abuse of alcohol or other drugs
  • Mental disorders, particularly depression and other mood disorders
  • Access to lethal means
  • Knowing someone who died by suicide, particularly a family member
  • Social isolation
  • Chronic disease and disability
  • Lack of access to behavioral health care


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Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide