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Risk and Protective Factors’ Importance to Decrease Suicide

Risk and protective factors play a critical role in suicide prevention.

For clinicians, identifying risk andprotective factors provides critical information to assess and manage suicide risk in individuals.

For communities and prevention programs, identifying risk and protective factors provides direction about what to change or promote.

Many lists of risk factors are available throughout the field of suicide prevention.

This paper provides a brief overview of the importance of risk and protective factors as they relate to suicide and offers guidance about how communities can best use them to decrease suicide risk (p.1).”





Cite as:   Suicide Prevention Resource Center, & Rodgers, P. (2011). Understanding risk and protective factors for suicide: A primer  for preventing suicide. Newton, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.

This paper was written by Philip Rodgers, PhD, evaluation scientist for the SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention, and funded by the SPRC. SPRC is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under Grant No. 1 U79 SM57392-05.

The opinions, conclusions, and recommendations expressed are those of the author and SPRC, and do not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA or any of the reviewers.


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