Family, friends and mates (significant others)

Just as staying connected to community can provide more meaning and structure in a person’s life, having a relationship with another person (significant other) can also be a powerful protective factor for suicide by reducing isolation.

A significant other can be a spouse or partner, a parent or child, a close mate or an old friend. Having someone to share concerns with, talk with and to care for (and be cared for), all contribute to a meaningful and valuable life.