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Suicide prevention

Last Updated: 15 December 2018








Suicide prevention

September 10 2014 sees World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year, over 800,000 people will take their own lives; this corresponds to around one death every 40 seconds.

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:

  1. ·         Worrying about where your next drink is coming from and planning social, family and work events around alcohol.

  2. ·         Finding you have a compulsive need to drink and finding it hard to stop once you start.

  3. ·         Waking up and drinking – or feeling the need to have a drink in the morning.

  4. ·         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

(MSc Nutrition)

Mental health
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