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What are the Risk Factors of Suicide?

Call 911 immediately to get help, if you suspect a person is about to harm himself/herself or others.

Suicide affects everyone, but some groups are at higher risk than others. Men are about four times more likely than women to die from suicide. However, three times more women than men report attempting suicide. In addition, suicide rates are high among middle aged and older adults.

Several factors can put a person at risk for attempting or committing suicide. But, having these risk factors does not always mean that suicide will occur.

Risk factors for suicide include:

  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • History of depression or other mental illness
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Family history of suicide or violence
  • Physical illness
  • Feeling alone

Note: These are only some risk factors. To learn more, go to

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention