Suicide Risk Factors
While no single risk factor predicts suicidal behaviour, it is helpful to be aware of circumstances that could contribute to being suicidal.
A combination of these factors that would contribute to increased vulnerability of risk.
- Previous attempts
- Having a family member or a person close to them die by suicide
- Exposure to family violence, including physical or sexual abuse
- Substantial drug or alcohol use
- Eating disorders
- Significant life transitions (e.g. death of a partner, job loss)
- Mental health diagnoses (e.g. bipolar or other depressive disorders, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder)
- Serious physical illness
- Severe and long-lasting pain
- Living with few or no significant social contacts
- Feeling of being a burden to others
- Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
- Few or no significant sources for stress management and relief