Keep in mind that recognizing these factors in yourself or others does not automatically mean you are suicidal or that someone is considering suicide. Preventing Suicide. Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Suicide risk and prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Adolescent suicide attempts: Risks and protectors. Eisenberg, M. Suicidality among gay, lesbian and bisexual youth: The role of protective factors.
By Nadine J. Lamis, PhD. Every day, about 12 youth die by suicide. For every adolescent death by suicide you hear about, about 25 suicide attempts are made. These are staggering statistics.
A combination of individual, relationship, community, and societal factors contribute to the risk of suicide. Risk factors are those characteristics associated with suicide—they might not be direct causes. Top of Page. Protective factors buffer individuals from suicidal thoughts and behavior. To date, protective factors have not been studied as extensively or rigorously as risk factors.