8 Major Risk Factors for Suicide


Research shows that risk factors for suicide include:

1. Depression and other mental disorders, or a substance-abuse disorder (often in combination with other mental disorders). More than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have these risk factors.

2. Prior suicide attempt

3. Family history of mental disorder or substance abuse

4. Family history of suicide

5. Family violence, including physical or sexual abuse

6. Firearms in the home, the method used in more than half of suicides

7. Incarceration

8. Exposure to the suicidal behavior of others, such as family members, peers, or media figures

If you are in a crisis and need help right away:

Call this toll-free number, available 24 hours a day, every day: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a service available to anyone. You may call for yourself or for someone you care about. All calls are confidential.

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