Suicide Risk Factors Medical mnemonics

The term “suicide” refers to the act of deliberately taking one’s own life. It’s a means by which some find relief from distress.

A person is said to have “died by suicide” if they take their own life. To put it simply, a “suicide attempt” is an attempt to take one’s own life that ends in failure. (Source)

How To Remember Suicide Risk factors

Suicide Risk Factors

  • Sex: male
  • Age: young, elderly
  • Depression
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Ethanol and other drugs
  • Reality testing/ Rational thought (loss of)
  • Social support lacking
  • Organized suicide plan
  • No spouse
  • Sickness/ Stated future intent

Mnemonic: “SAD PERSONS 


Mind Map / Concept Map /Memory Aid/ Mnemonic To Remember Suicide Risk factors

Remember this for your NExT Medical Exit Test exam & USMLE, Pre-Med, NCLEX exams.

Dr. Arin Nandi

Passionate About Medical Science & Helping Future Doctors Achieve Top Ranks In Medical Exams. He is professionally a dentist as well as a public health expert from JIPMER (1), (2)working in health department