Major Risk Factors Contributing to Suicide

Although suicide is a complex human behaviour that cannot easily be predicted, a range of factors has been shown to contribute to it. While these factors have been generally known for almost a century, the particular combination that leads any one individual to suicide remains unclear. The Task Force has been presented with a diverse range of views about what leads a person to suicide, and is therefore reluctant to postulate a specific ‘cause’ of suicide. From all of the evidence before the Task Force, the conclusion reached is there is no single reason to explain why a person ends their life. There are complex, multiple factors involved in suicide and suicidal behaviour.