Risk & Protective Factors
It can be hard for people who aren’t thinking of suicide to understand what would lead someone to consider, attempt, or take their own life.
Behind each suicide or attempted suicide a complex web of factors is at play. No single cause explains or predicts suicide. However, certain groups who experience overlapping biological, psychological, social and cultural risk factors can become vulnerable to suicide. At the same time, protective factors can reduce risk and build resilience among all people.