Protective Factors for Suicide

Protective factors for suicide are characteristics or conditions that may help to decrease a person’s suicide risk. While these factors do not eliminate the possibility of suicide, especially in someone with risk factors, they may help to reduce that risk. Protective factors for suicide have not been studied as thoroughly as risk factors, so less is known about them.

Protective factors for suicide

  • Receiving effective mental health care
  • Positive connections to family, peers, community, and social institutions such as marriage and religion that foster resilience
  • The skills and ability to solve problems

Protective factors may reduce suicide risk by helping people cope with negative life events, even when those events continue over a period of time. The ability to cope or solve problems reduces the chance that a person will become overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious. Protective factors do not entirely remove risk, however, especially when there is a personal or family history of depression or other mental disorders.

 

9 Things all children need to be resilient

  1. structure
  2. consequences
  3. parent-child connections
  4. lots and lots of strong relationships
  5. a powerful identity
  6. a sense of control
  7. a sense of belonging/spirituality/life purpose
  8. rights and responsibilities
  9. safety and support

Dr. Michael Ungar, Resilience Research Centre

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