There is no single cause for suicide. However, there are health, environmental, and historical risk factors that may increase the likelihood of an attempt. Having these risk factors does not mean a loved one will commit suicide. Knowing these risk factors could save a life.
Health Risk Factors
Include mental health conditions such as depression, substance abuse challenges, Bipolar Disorder, serious physical health, or Traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Environmental Risk Factors
Include having access to firearms and drugs, including prescribed or over the counter medications. Events that can be stressful such as grief and loss, prolonged relationship strife or stress, bullying, divorce, rejection, unemployment, or financial crisis.
Historical Risk Factors
Include previous suicide attempts, abuse, trauma, neglect.
One of the main historical risk factors is a change in behavior or a new behavior if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, a loss, or a change.
It is important to keep communication lines open. If you need help, seek it. If you are concerned for a loved one, speak to them. Thinking about suicide is a symptom of depression. It is helpful to recognize this as a direct sign to get help.
If someone has reached a point of intention or plan, intervention is appropriate for prevention. People who make it past times of considering suicide often report gratitude for those in their life who spoke openly and directly about it with them. This can be the bridge to getting help.
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