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Risk Factors

The following can be associated with risk for suicide. In general, the more of these factors a student has experienced and the greater the severity, the higher the risk for suicide.

  • Has suicidal ideation, plans and/or means
  • Recent significant loss
  • Failure to live up to their own or others' expectiations
  • Increased isolation/social withdrawal
  • Inability to experience pleasure or have fun
  • Alcohol/other drug use
  • Poor class attendance/poor academic performance
  • Concerns about sexual orientation
  • Change in personality
  • Giving away posessions
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Feelings of hopelessness/despair
  • Off-handed comments about not being around or about death
  • Impulsivity and/or violence
  • See death as the only way to end their suffering
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Appears to be in a fog
  • Recent sexual assault

Last Updated: 10/2/08