Protective Factors for Suicide Prevention

If you read through this list and see that you are weak in some of these factors, you can always strengthen others. For example, if your family has a lot of conflicts and it feels out of your control, you can focus on creating a solid support network. That network could be made up of friends from school you are close to, neighbours you know well, people you do a hobby with, or a community where you go to serve. 

Life skills in this list refer to managing your life effectively. The ability to get to work on time, organise the payment of bills, organise a house, and care for your physical well-being. It also refers to your overall resilience: how you deal with setbacks and challenges and how you manage stress and anxiety.

Again, resilience is something that it is possible to work on. You can focus on growing your resilience with a few simple daily practices:

Make a list of all your achievements and read it every day when you wake up

Re-focus on gratitude – list 3 things daily you are grateful for

Make an effort every day to maintain close relationships

Practice asking for help when you need it

If you are considering suicide, or you know someone who is, please call Lifeline on their 24-hour helpline: 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue: 1300224636 (Australian resource).

Love Jen