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1. Older adults are at higher risk due to life change and transitions through loss, lifestyle changes due to physical disability, moving from independent living to assisted living and social isolation and abuse.
Warning Signs: appetite changes, lack of participation in social events, signs of abuse and neglect
2. Young people are at higher risk due to family and school pressures, major life changes and hormone changes, bullying and sexual orientation issues.
Warning Signs: eating disorders, deliberate self harm, withdrawal from normal activities, exceptional and extreme mood swings, perfectionistic behaviour or extreme self critical behaviour.
3. People who have recently had a major loss or life change are at higher risk due to grief that changes to depression that lasts for several weeks.
Warning Signs: major changes in attitude, changes in eating or sleeping habits, loss of energy or loss of interest in things that were once enjoyed.
4. People who are recovering from an episode of depression, or who have a history of suicide attempts, or who have just been released from hospital are especially vulnerable.
Most people who are depressed do not commit suicide. But having depression increases someone’s risk for suicide or suicide attempts. It is not true that people who talk about suicide do not attempt it.
“The pain of my depression made living every day agonizing. I just didn’t want to carry on. I couldn’t see how my life was of use to anyone; I felt like I was such a burden and that my family would be better off without me. Now that I am getting treatment, I understand how wrong I was but at the time it was all I could see. Now I want to live and watch my kids grow up. I know how much they need me.” – Vanessa, 41