Risk Factors

Risk factors are events or behaviors in a person’s life that increase their risk for suicide

Risk Factors
  • Prior suicide attempts
  • Depression
  • Abuse of alcohol and drugs
  • Access to lethal means
  • Knowing someone who has died by suicide
  • Being a veteran
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Sexual assault trauma
Risk factors for suicide, such as being a veteran, prior depression, and substance use

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