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Suicide, Family History, and Genomics

A recent CDC blog explores the efforts to identify genetic differences associated with suicide risk.

While there are genetic tests currently marketed for the purpose of identifying people at risk, they do not contain enough information to accurately predict who will attempt suicide. Despite research potential, there is inadequate evidence that genetic-based psychological tests are ready for use in practice.

Like most health issues, health outcomes and the choices people make are greatly influenced by genes and environmental factors, including diet, living conditions, economic status, social values, and behavioral issues.

To learn more about CDC’s evidence-based, public health approach to preventing suicide—and to read the Genomics and Health Impact Blog in its entirety—please visit the agency’s Division of Violence Prevention website.