Taken from Erin Bagalman's Congressional Research Service Report "Suicide Prevention Efforts of the Veterans Health Administration, 2013"
- Some major physical illnesses, mental disorders, and substance use disorders.
- Barriers to accessing health care.
- Stigma associated with help-seeking behavior.
- Easy access to lethal means (e.g., firearms or poison).
- Lack of social support and sense of isolation.
- Cultural/religious beliefs that accept suicide.