Samaritans of Merrimack Valley
SUICIDE PREVENTION &
POSTVENTION PROGRAMS
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Strong protective
factors can help
individuals cope
with the challenges
of life.

Suicide Protective Factors

SUICIDE PROTECTIVE FACTORS


Protective factors are those personal, family and interpersonal factors that contribute to a person’s ability to cope with life. Protective factors should be considered in assessing a person’s risk of suicide.

  • Sense of humor
  • Support network (family, friends, coaches, teachers)
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to express emotions and ask for help
  • Faith
  • Sense of hope and optimism
  • “Survivor” mentality
  • Good nutrition and regular exercise
  • Sense of achievements/success/esteem/being needed
  • Connectedness to family, community, church
  • Being flexible
  • Sense of purpose
  • Having access to and knowledge of resources for help

 

SUICIDE CRISIS
HELP LINES

Confidential Crisis Help Line:
1-866-912-HOPE (toll free)
OR 978-327-6607

Samaritans Statewide Help Line:
1-877-870-4673 (HOPE)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)