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Explaining Suicide by Betty Yung, Katherine A. Hermes, Taronish Irani, Cheryl L. Meyer

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Chapter 9

Protective Factors and Resilience

Abstract

This chapter examines protective factors in greater depth. Books on suicide all examine motivations for suicide, but often do not examine the motivations for living. The mundane and ordinary aspects of life sustain people, and an approach to combatting suicide that recognizes those positive factors builds on what already exists. It is possible to construct communities that promote and foster social support systems, healthy lifestyles, and full use of people’s skills and gifts. This includes finding a reason to live, and that often comes from having responsibility—though not at such a level that it is overwhelming.

Keywords

Assisted suicide; mental illness and stigma; caregiver fatigue; blue zones; ...

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