Risk Factors

Although every person and situation is unique, some people are more vulnerable to suicide.

Here are some of the situations that may cause someone to feel more vulnerable to feelings of suicide:

  • Mental illness
  • A history of abuse or loss
  • Family history of suicide
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Difficulty in relationships
  • Previous suicide attempts

A person’s suicidal feelings may be brought on by unexpected situations that create crisis such as financial setbacks or troubles with the law.  Physical illness, an unstable family, loss of a loved one to suicide, and isolation are other situations that may cause someone to feel suicidal.