Protective Factors are variables that reduce the likelihood that a person might consider, attempt, or die by suicide.
- Connectedness to individuals, family, community, and social institutions
- Self-esteem and a sense of purpose or meaning in life
- Cultural, religious, or personal beliefs that discourage suicide
- Skills in problem-solving, conflict-resolution, and coping
- Ability to adapt to change
- Availability of behavioral health care
- Restricted access to highly lethal means of suicide