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Resiliency Factors for Suicidal Behaviours

Resiliency Factors for Suicidal Behaviours

Resiliency Factors for Suicidal Behaviours

The presence of resiliency factors can lessen the potential of risk factors to lead to suicidal ideation (thoughts) and behaviours. Once a child or adolescent is considered at risk, then schools, families, and friends should work to build these factors in and around the youth.

Resiliency factors include:

  • Family support and cohesion
  • Good family communication
  • Parent involvement and engagement
  • Peer support and close social networks
  • School connectedness
  • Cultural or religious beliefs that discourage suicide
  • Adaptive coping and problem-solving skills
  • Good conflict-resolution skills
  • General life satisfaction
  • Ties to neighborhood and community
  • High self-esteem
  • Easy access to mental health resources
  • Restricted access to lethal means (guns)
  • Feeling that one has a purpose in life
  • Effective medical and mental health care

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