Students with disabilities face problems similar to those experienced by other students, including relationship and family problems, academic and career concerns, anxiety, and depression. However, the problems of student with disabilities may be compounded by unique factors such as prejudice or discrimination; the severity and visibility of a disability; loss of income and status; loss of caregivers or problems with developing or maintaining independence; difficulty with adjustment depending on when the disability occurred or developed; and other factors related to specific diagnoses, including mobility issues, impulsivity, or deficits in social skills.
Similar to other students, a number of personal and environmental factors can help protect students with disabilities from mental health problems and risk of suicidal behaviors (see protective factors below). Factors that are especially helpful for students with learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and mobility disabilities include family connectedness and religiosity.
RISK FACTORS FOR SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR FOR
Protective Factors for Suicidal Behavior for Students with DisabilitiesProtective factors are characteristics, skills, strengths, or resources that help people deal effectively with stressful events and reduce the likelihood of attempting or completing suicide. They enhance resilience and can help compensate for risk factors. Each person has his or her own unique set of protective factors, which can be either personal or environmental. Increasing protective factors can help decrease risk of suicidal behaviors, and students should work to maintain and increase these protective factors.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline