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Many factors contribute to suicide and there is no single cause. Underlying genetics is just one component in a complex puzzle. Mental and physical health conditions, environmental factors such as access to lethal means and stressful life events as well as historical factors such as trauma and a family history of suicide can all contribute to risk. Yet, suicide is preventable and protective factors include access to health care, limiting access to lethal means, meaningful social connections, and problem-solving and coping skills.


Decreasing the stigma and moral judgement associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviors is one steppingstone in suicide prevention. When talking about suicide the preferred terms are “ended one’s life”, “attempted suicide”, “took their own life” or “died by suicide.” The terms “commit suicide” or “successful attempt” are not preferred and can perpetuate stigma.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviors, are worried about someone or are a loss survivor you are not alone. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention ( and the International Association for Suicide Prevention ( provide many helpful resources.

Find immediate free counseling, support and information for yourself or your loved ones

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