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Protective Factors

Be AWARE of Factors that Protect Against Suicide

  • Effective clinical care for those with mental, physical, and substance abuse issues.
  • Easy access to a variety of clinical interventions and support for help-seeking.
  • Strong ties to family and community.
  • Ongoing relationships with medical and mental health care providers.
  • Having problem solving and conflict resolution skills and understanding nonviolent ways of resolving disputes.
  • Religious and cultural beliefs that discourage suicide and support self-preservation instincts.

 (U.S. Public Health Service, 1999)

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