Suicide Risk Factors & Warning Signs

>  When in doubt, seek immediate emergency behavioral health care by calling
the Salish Regional Crisis Line, available 24 hours a day at 1-888-910-0416.
This number also connects you to local resources. The National Suicide Lifeline is available at 8-6-6.

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Suicide Risk Factors

There are several risk factors associated with an increased risk of suicide. These include:

  • Psychiatric or substance use disorders
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • The end of a relationship (e.g. divorce, breakup)
  • Impulsive tendencies
  • A history of Physical or sexual abuse
  • Family history of suicide
  • Some medical illnesses
  • Access to lethal means of suicide

Suicide Protective Factors

In addition to the risk factors above, there are protective factors that may decrease the risk of suicide in some cases;

  • Access to effective treatment
  • Restricted access to lethal means
  • A sense of connectedness to community and family
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Cultural or religious beliefs that encourage self-preservation and discourage suicide

Acute Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Contact an emergency behavioral health professional immediately.
  • Threats to harm him/herself or talk about doing so
  • Seeking out or researching suicide methods and means
  • Talking or writing about suicide and death

​Other Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Expressions of hopelessness
  • Isolation
  • Increased substance us 
  • Guilt, shame, or self-hatred
  • Talking about death or suicide
  • Refusing help
  • A feeling that things are inevitable
  • A sudden sense of calm
  • Giving away items and or pets
  • No sense of purpose
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Felling trapped-like there's no way out
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
  • Dramatic mood changes