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.