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While there many risk factors that can play a role in the death of an individual who dies by suicide, it is important to know suicides are still preventable. Risk factors can be considered characteristics or conditions that may increase the chance of an individual dying by suicide. Let’s review a few here today.

Mental and Behavioral Health Factors

  1. Mental health conditions including Depression, PTS and others
  2. Anxiety disorders
  3. Bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder
  4. Schizophrenia
  5. Serious health condition and/or pain
  6. Personality disorder
  7. Conduct disorder
  8. Psychotic disorders
  9. Substance abuse disorders

Life and other Risk Factors

  1. Deepened Depression
  2. Stress
  3. Bullying or Harassment
  4. Relationship Problems (including Divorce, Infidelity)
  5. Financial Problems (loss of job, prolonged unemployment, foreclosure)
  6. Providing for one’s family (including basic needs and housing)
  7. Death of another
  8. Previous Suicide Attempts
  9. Family History of, Anxiety, Depression or Suicide Attempts