Populations at Risk for Suicide

While suicide can touch people from all walks of life, there are some population groups known to be at higher risk than the general population.

Suicide is a complex human behavior, with no single determining cause. The following groups have demonstrated a higher risk for suicide or suicide attempts than the general population:

  • American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • People bereaved by suicide
  • People in justice and child welfare settings
  • People who intentionally hurt themselves (non-suicidal self-injury)
  • People who have previously attempted suicide
  • People with medical conditions
  • People with mental and/or substance use disorders
  • People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender
  • Members of the military and veterans
  • Men in midlife and older men

Information about these population groups is available from SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s online library and in the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention – 2012.

Last Updated: 09/20/2017