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
  • Substance and gambling addictions
  • Mental disorders, particularly depression and other mood disorders


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Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide