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Suicide Risk Factors and Facts

Provided by Maureen McGuinness Clouse, Ed.D., Associate Director for Student Leadership & Judicial Affairs, The University of North Texas

Risk Factors from The Center for Disease Control

  • Previous suicide attempts
  • History of mental disorders, particularly depression
  • History of alcohol or substance abuse
  • Family history of suicide
  • Family history of child maltreatment
  • Feelings of hopeless
  • Impulsive or aggressive tendencies
  • Barriers to accessing mental health treatment
  • Loss
  • Physical illness
  • Unwillingness to seek help
  • Local epidemics of suicide
  • Isolation

Facts About Suicide from Ulifeline/Jed Foundation

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 20-24 year olds
  • More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from all medical illnesses combined
  • One in 12 college students make a suicide plan

Note: The information provided is excerpted from a self-directed training course entitled: University Lifeline - Issues Surrounding Student Suicide for College Campuses. For information on the other components of this course, and additional information on how you can learn more about this topic, click here.