The “causes” of both suicide and depression are complex, multi-faceted and poorly understood. We know that suicide occurs among people who did not have depression. We know that genes for almost anything (including mental illness) may or may not be expressed, depending on environmental factors (environmental factors include our internal as well as our external environment). We know that people can be at high risk for suicide or depression (eg because of adverse life events combined with family/ genetic factors) and live fabulously satisfying and meaningful lives. In sum, the answer to your question is that you may be. Or you may not be.
As Michelle has said, important protective factors include social connection, physical activity, engaging in meaningful and pleasurable activities. To Michelle’s list I would add these: having someone you trust to talk with about anything, nourishing your physical self with quality wholesome food, good sleep routines, spending time in nature, being kind and compassionate in your self-talk, experiencing gratitude and appreciation of simple things. There is also evidence that regular mindfulness practice is beneficial for mental health. This could be either a daily sitting meditation or simply spending time throughout your day deliberately noticing whatever is present (in your 5 senses, your mind, your body) without judgement or evaluation.
As well as moodgym (www.moodgym.anu.edu.au) which was designed for young people, there’s another free online interactive self-help service that aims to promote resilience and wellbeing for all Australians. myCompass is a guide to good mental health – it points you in the right direction. You can find it at www.mycompass.org.au Neither of these online programs are suitable for people who are already experiencing significant levels of depression and/or suicidal thoughts. A GP consultation is essential in these cases.
You might find it helpful to meet with a psychologist to assess your present state of mental health and – even if there’s no apparent problems – work through ways to embed those protective factors into your daily life.
I wish you well.
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