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    How much of a role does depression play in suicide?

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    Lifeline is a national charity delivering 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services to all Australians. Lifeline connects people to a broad range of national … View Profile

    Depression is an ‘affective’ mental health disorder – it impacts on how our emotions operate and distorts how we view the people and events around us. Accordingly, depression can aid the development of suicidal thinking and behaviour.

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    Renee Mill

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Empowering people is my passion and life work. I have been working as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice for over thirty years. I have … View Profile

    Depression is a major cause of suicide. 

    The DSM 5 has now identified that anxiety increses the risk of suicide in patients with bipolar disorder. This is a very important factor. Sometimes, anxiety is missed when treating depression. 

    If you are depressed, please share any suicidal thoughts you may be having with your doctor or psychologist. Also, be screeened for anxiety so that both anxiety and depression symptoms are treated. 

  • I am a Melbourne Relationship Counsellor and Family Lawyer who is skilful in helping people get out of the pain of relationship distress and create … View Profile

    Depression is a condition which has many debilitating consequences and sometimes, tragically, suicide is seen as the only way out for people who cannot ask for help or who are otherwise suffering unendurably. It is so important to get the right help and to persist to find the right person. If you or anyone you know has signs of depression or suicidal thoughts share this with your health practitioner so you can receive the support you need.

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