ACEs and Suicide
Our health isn’t determined by genetics alone. Our choices and experiences—especially the experiences we have in childhood—can have a powerful impact on our long-term health. Abuse, neglect and other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are linked to poorer health and risky behaviors, and the more ACEs a person has, the higher that risk becomes.
ACEs considerably increase the risk of suicidal behaviors. Researchers have discovered that ACEs such as abuse and neglect can lead to toxic stress in children—a condition that can have a lifelong effect on impulse control in the brain.
It’s important to remember that ACEs may increase the odds of having health challenges, but they don’t guarantee poor health or risky behavior. We will continue to research the connection between ACEs and suicide and help people find positive ways to deal with life’s challenges and overcome adversity.