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Risk Factors, Warning Signs and Resources for Understanding Suicide

Suicide occurs when a person ends their life. It is the 11th leading cause of death among Americans. But suicide deaths are only part of the problem. More people survive suicide attempts than actually die. (read more)

Facts and Statistics

Click here for general national information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.   For recent statistics, click on CDC WISQARS

Protective Factors

Protective factors are influences that make it  less likely that individuals will develop a mental  health problem. They include biological, psychological, or social factors in the individual, family, or community.  Read more

Risk Factors

Risk factors are influences that make it more likely that individuals will develop a mental health problem. The more risk factors a person has, the more he/she is at risk for suicide and other self-destructive behaviors,such as substance abuse.  Read more

Warning Signs

Warning signs are changes in a person’s behaviors, feelings and beliefs about oneself that are out of character for that individual and place them at risk for suicide.   Read more


Click here for a list of national and international organizations working in suicide prevention and research.