What leads to suicide?

There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling lives. (1)

Risk Factors

Characteristics of a person or their environment that make it more likely that individuals will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. (2)

Warning Signs

These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. (2)


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2019). Risk Factors and Warning Signs. Retrieved from
https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs (1)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (2019). Risk and Protective Factors.
Retrieved from
https://www.sprc.org/about-suicide/risk-protective-factors (2)