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What are the risk factors for nonfatal suicide attempts?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Following are the risk factors for nonfatal suicide attempts:

As noted, an estimated 12 to 25 nonfatal suicide attempts occur per every suicide death. Men and the elderly are more likely to have fatal attempts than are women and youth Risk factors for nonfatal suicide attempts by adults include depression and other mental disorders, alcohol and other substance abuse and separation or divorce Risk factors for attempted suicide by youth include depression, alcohol or other drug-use disorder, physical or sexual abuse, and disruptive behavior Most suicide attempts are expressions of extreme distress, not harmless bids for attention. A person who appears suicidal should not be left alone and needs immediate mental-health treatment.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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