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What are the risk factors of suicide? What are some common interventions everyone should be familiar with? What are some factors that diminish risk?

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Running head: SUICIDE

Question
What are the risk factors of suicide? What are some common interventions everyone should be familiar with? What are some factors that diminish risk?
Risk Factors
According to The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program retrieved 12/23/2010 from http://www.yellowribbon.org/WarningSigns.html, some risk factors for suicide are:
? Problems with school or the law
? Breakup of a romance
? Unexpected pregnancy
? A stressful family life. (having parents
who are depressed or are substance
abusers, or a family history of suicide
? Loss of security...fear of authority, peers,
group or gang members
? Stress due to new situations; college
or relocating to a new community
? Failing in school or failing to pass
an important test
? A serious illness or injury to oneself
? Seriously injuring another person or
causing another person's death
(example: automobile accident)
? Major loss...of a loved one,
a home, divorce in the family,
a trauma, a relationship
Intervention
Please look at this article from Garson, Regina (2009). Magic Stream. Suicide intervention and prevention. Retrieved from http://home.hiwaay.net/~garson/suicide.htm 7/23/2010.
Suicide Intervention & Prevention
"If someone you know has said they are going to kill themselves, take them seriously. If they have said it a hundred times, take them seriously. There have been many instances where a person said they were going to kill themselves and were not taken seriously because they had said it so many times before. If you have heard it again and again depression is a possibility and depression is treatable, but untreated depression can lead to suicide.
Be aware though that suicide is not always a long term plan for long term pain. It can be a risk anytime the pain, whether it is emotional or physical makes life seem like it is not worth living. Individuals who have recently experienced a great personal loss or tragedy are often at a higher risk for suicide than they would be on an everyday basis. Rape victims fall into that category, as do those who ...

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