Suicide Prevention:
what to look out for

Suicide prevention:
Risk factors, warning signs to look out for

There's no single cause for suicide.

However, there are risk factors and warning signs to look out for that could save a life.

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Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or AFSP.

Conditions like depression, anxiety, and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide.

Risk Factors

Risk factors, or characteristics that could increase the chance of someone taking their own life, also include:




Warning Signs

Warning signs, according to the AFSP, include:

Behaviors that may signal risk, especially if related to a painful event, loss or change:

People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:

If you are having thoughts of suicide, crisis and support services are available.

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