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close this bookPreventing Suicide: A Resource for Teachers and other School Staff (WHO, 2000, 34 p.)
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View the documentAn underestimated problem
View the documentProtective factors
View the documentRisk factors and risk situations
View the documentHow to identify students in distress and at possible risk of suicide
View the documentHow should suicidal students be managed at school?
View the documentSummary of recommendations
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Protective factors

Major factors that afford protection against suicidal behaviour are:

Family patterns

· good relationships with family members;
· support from family.

Cognitive style and personality

· good social skills;
· confidence in oneself and one’s own situation and achievements;
· seeking help when difficulties arise, e.g. in school work:
· seeking advice when important choices must be made;
· openness to other people’s experiences and solutions;
· openness to new knowledge.

Cultural and sociodemographic factors

· social integration, e.g. through participation in sport, church associations, clubs and other activities;

· good relationships with schoolmates;

· good relationships with teachers and other adults;

· support from relevant people.