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Risk Factors

  • Exposure to graphic or sensationalized accounts of suicide

  • Impulsive or aggressive tendencies

  • Family history of child maltreatment

  • Previous suicide attempts

  • Access to lethal methods

  • Stressful life events

    • death

    • divorce

    • bullying

    • harassment

    • relationship issues

  • Isolation

  • Family history of suicide

  • History of alcohol or substance abuse

  • Barriers to access mental health treatment

  • History of mental disorders, particularly clinical depression

  • Unwillingness to seek help because of the stigma attached to mental health and substance abuse disorders or to suicidal thoughts