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Lethality Indicators

Co-occurring depression

Though not all depressed people will experience a suicide crisis, the two are often linked. In 34 percent of cases reviewed by the Project, the perpetrator was known to be depressed prior to the fatal incident. Like with many of the lethality indicators, there is help for abusers experiencing symptoms of depression which could mitigate the risk of a lethal incident. Sadly, perpetrators in reviewed cases were known to be in contact with a mental health provider sometime in the five years prior to the lethal incident in only 24 percent of cases.