What sort of things can contribute to someone feeling suicidal?

People can usually deal with isolated stressful or traumatic events and experiences reasonably well, but when there is an accumulation of such events over an extended period, our normal coping strategies can be pushed to the limit.

The stress or trauma generated by a given event will vary from person to person depending on their background and how they deal with that particular stressor. Some people are personally more or less vulnerable to particular stressful events, and some people may find certain events stressful which others would see as a positive experience. Furthermore, individuals deal with stress and trauma in different ways; the presence of multiple risk factors does not necessarily imply that a person will become suicidal.

Depending on a person's individual response, risk factors that may contribute to a person feeling suicidal include:

  • Significant changes in:
    • Relationships
    • Well-being of self or family member
    • Body image
    • Job, school, university, house, locality
    • Financial situation
    • World environment
  • Significant losses:
    • Death of a loved one
    • Loss of a valued relationship
    • Loss of self esteem or personal expectations
    • Loss of employment
  • Perceived abuse:
    • Physical
    • Emotional/Psychological
    • Sexual
    • Social
    • Neglect