“In every suicide there is ‘thwarted belongingness,’ where the person has lost a relationship that was significant,” Brickley said.
He said an example would be a teen who had four close friends and one pulled away.
The second thing that is present in every suicide is the belief that the person’s loved ones will be better off and suffer less pain if the victim dies rather than lives, Brickley said.
If a teen is consistently getting in trouble or getting bad grades, that teen might think his family would be better off without him.
The third factor is a mind-over-matter state that someone has to be in to actually take their own life.
“Someone has to physically be able to handle the method in which that person has chosen to die,” he said.