MCC Daily Tribune

We Can Prevent Suicide: Know the Risk Factors & the Warning Signs

We can all play a part in preventing suicide and in changing the conversation around suicide. According to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, we can prevent suicide and save lives by starting the conversation, providing support, and directing individuals to appropriate resources.

Risk factors that could make someone more likely to consider, attempt, or die by suicide:

  • Mental health disorder
  • Impulsive / aggressive behavior
  • Job or financial loss
  • Alcohol or other substance use
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Major physical illness
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Family history of suicide
  • Loss of relationships
  • Stigma associated when asking for help
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation
  • Easy access to lethal means
  • Lack of healthcare (especially mental health and substance abuse treatment)

Know the Warning Signs:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Withdrawal or isolation
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Talking about being trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Risk behavior
  • Talking about rage or seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves


You May Also Visit Your:

  • Primary care provider
  • Local walk-in clinic
  • Local psychiatric emergency department
  • Local urgent care center

Be well, stay safe, and please reach out if you are in need of support.


Counseling Center & Disability Services Office

Phone: (585) 292-2140

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Lee, Stephanie
Counseling Center & Disability Services