If a person is at risk for suicide, there are many factors which may be protective. Effective and available clinical care for mental, physical, and substance abuse disorders is critical. As a person is undergoing treatment related to suicidal thought and behavior, support is necessary from the family and community as well as supportive medical and health care staff. Factors that are protective for suicide include the ability to use nonviolent methods for problem solving and conflict resolutions. Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support self-preservation instincts are also protective factors for suicide.