Familial Suicidal Behaviour

Familial Suicidal Behaviour

Familial Pathways to Suicidal Behaviour – Understanding and Preventing Suicide Among Adolescents

Family History of Suicide: Parent’s Suicidal Behaviour Could Influence Child’s

It is well known that a family history of suicide increases a young person’s risk for suicidal behavior. However, very little is known about what mechanisms and pathways lead to familial transmission of suicidal behavior. A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry has found that having a parent who attempted suicide means a child with a mood disorder could be five times more likely to exhibit suicidal behavior.

The Relationship of Suicide Risk to Family History of Suicide and Psychiatric Disorders

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, family history of suicide and mental or substance abuse disorder are among the most prevalent risk factors for suicide in the United States. Although only a small proportion of people have such a family history, mental health care professionals should be aware of their strong influence and should be attentive to relevant signs while dealing with suicidal people, particularly adolescents and young adults.