Factors that may increase a person’s risk for suicide

  • Current intent, plan, and access to means of taking one’s life
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Impulsivity and poor self control
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Recent loss (physical, financial, and/or personal)
  • Recent discharge from an inpatient psychiatric unit
  • Family history of suicide
  • History of abuse (physical, sexual, and/or emotional)
  • Co-morbid health problems, especially a newly diagnosed problem or worsening symptoms
  • Sexual and/or gender identity stressors

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