Part of the Division of Student Affairs

Risk Factors

College life can be stressful for students of all ages and from all backgrounds, but there are some common risk factors that may put you or a friend at higher risk for emotional distress.

  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Recent job loss
  • Lack of social support, sense of isolation
  • Major physical illnesses
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Hopelessness
  • Family history of suicide
  • Prior suicide attempt