Mental disorders, particularly depression and alcohol-dependency are major risk factors for suicide. Despite this, many people with depression or alcohol-related disorders are still not receiving support or treatment.
Symptoms of depression include:
· Feeling hopeless and helpless
· Feeling tearful
· Feeling guilt-ridden
· Feeling anxious or worried
· Not getting any enjoyment out of life
· Having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself
Signs of alcohol dependency include:
· Worrying about where your next drink is coming from and planning social, family and work events around alcohol.
· Finding you have a compulsive need to drink and finding it hard to stop once you start.
· Waking up and drinking – or feeling the need to have a drink in the morning.
· Suffering from withdrawal symptoms, such as sweating, shaking and nausea, which stop once you drink alcohol.
If you spot the signs of depression or alcohol-dependency in anyone you know, it’s really important to help them as soon as you can. For confidential help and support, contact http://www.thesamaritans.org.au/ (13 52 47).
Written by Ruth Tongue