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Understanding protective factors is an important part of suicide prevention. These protective factors can help to buffer suicidal thoughts and tendencies and provide an alternate outlet for negative thoughts. Below is a list of potential protective factors as presented by the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

  • Effective clinical care for mental, physical, and substance abuse disorders
  • Easy access to a variety of clinical interventions and support for help seeking
  • Family and community support (connectedness)
  • Support from ongoing medical and mental health care relationships
  • Skills in problem solving, conflict resolution, and nonviolent ways of handling disputes
  • Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support instincts for self-preservation

(Courtesy of CDC Fact Sheet)

The QPR Institute (Question, Persuade and Refer) offers comprehensive suicide prevention training programs, educational and clinical materials for the general public, professionals and institutions. Visit http://qpr.sdes.ucf.edu/ for more information.

There are many factors that can help protect you or others from the threat of suicide. If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of harming yourself, please contact an agency or service on campus immediately.