Protective Factors Against Suicide

As with substance abuse, suicide also has protective factors. Evidence-based prevention efforts reduce the factors that increase suicide risk and increase the factors that protect people from suicide. Protective Factors include:

  • Supportive, energetic school 

  • Community connectedness 

  • Community awareness of warning signs, resources, and how to connect a person at risk to help

  • Effective, immediately available, and affordable care for mental health and substance abuse disorders

  • An environment that promotes help-seeking behavior

  • Family and community support (connectedness)

  • Skills in problem-solving, conflict resolution, and nonviolent ways of handling disputes

  • Cultural values, strengths, traditions, and language preservation within communities

  • Religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support self-preservation​