Risk Factors

There are many risk factors for suicide. Some risk factors are genetic and cannot be changed; others are short lived and situational. Because risk factors are present does not mean that someone will attempt or complete suicide; however, any warning signs that are associated with a change in behavior should be closely monitored.

Chronic risk factors

Perpetuating risk factors-permanent and non-modifiable:

Predisposing and potentially modifiable risk factors:

Acute risk factors. If these are present they increase the risk of a potential attempt or death in the near future:

Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.