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Protective Factors

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  • Effective coping and problem-solving skills

  • Reasons for living (for example, family, friends, pets, etc.)

  • Strong sense of cultural identity


  • Support from partners, friends, and family

  • Feeling connected to school, community, and other social institution

  • Skills in problem-solving and conflict resolution


  • Availability of consistent and high quality physical and behavioral healthcare

  • Access to effective treatment for substance use disorders

  • Support from medical and mental health professionals

  • Reduced access to lethal means of suicide among people at risk

  • Cultural, religious, or moral objections to suicide

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