Protective Factors

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