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Suicide Lifeline (800) 273.TALK (8255)


Definition: Things that have occurred or exist in someone's life that increase their chances of suicide. Please note, someone who has experienced one of these risk factors is not necessarily at risk for suicide.

  • History of physical or sexual abuse, trauma, violence, pain
  • Death or other trauma in the family
  • Persistent serious family conflict
  • Personal loss - death, divorce, separation
  • Traumatic break-ups of romantic relationships
  • Job problems, unemployment, financial loss
  • Legal/criminal justice problems
  • School failures & other major disappointments
  • Bullying, harassment, or victimization by peers
  • Struggling w/ gender identity or sexual orientation without adequate support
  • Family history of alcoholism
  • Past suicidal behavior & attempts
  • Access to firearms