Risk Factors

Several factors have been identified as important in identifying people at potential risk of self-harm and suicide. Some of these include issues such as drug abuse, mental health disorders, and major life events which leave people feeling as if they have no control over their lives.

Risk factors may also vary between different age groups and between different cultural and social groups.

Please click on the links below to find more detailed information which may help to identify people at risk and actions you can take to help these people stay alive.

Risk Factor by Age Group

Mental Health Disorders

Substance Abuse

Risk Questions - A questionnaire for those working with people at risk of self-harm and suicide.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

What Can I do to Help?

Supporting the Survivors of Suicide

People who Treat Depression