Five common suicide risk factors

Please help Stop Male Suicide by sharing this information with everyone you know:Facts #6 jpgA 2007 analysis of 24 studies into suicide using the psychological autopsy method, found that five of the most commonly found risk factors in suicide were:

  • Unemployment
  • Self
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Relationship separation
  • Mood disorders

A useful mnemonic to help you remember this is to think of the “five factors that do US HARM“.

The study highlights how personal factors (such as substance abuse and mood disorders) can interact with social factors (such as unemployment and relationship separation) to increase risk of self harm, suicide attempts and suicide.

Source: Suicidal risk factors and completed suicide: meta-analyses based on psychological autopsy studies by The Stress Research Group of the Japanese Society for Hygiene (2007)

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