• Males in general

  • Gays, lesbians, bisexuals

  • Single, divorced, separated, widowed

  • Teens and the elderly

  • People who are living alone or who are socially isolated

  • Whites, Native Americans

  • Physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, dentists, police officers, attorneys (white male psychologists have the highest professional suicide rate)

  • The unemployed


  • Major depression

  • Chronic emotional or physical pain

  • Terminal illness

  • Loss of physical functioning, including neurological disorders

  • Loss of body parts or physical integrity


  • Dialysis, dependence on others for health care

  • Co-morbidity


  • History of prior attempts

  • Family history of suicide

  • Family history of physical or sexual abuse or drug abuse

Source: Frank A. Jones Jr., MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey­Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.