It is a known fact that many people from around the world – over 120 million according to this article from curiosity.discovery.com – suffer from some kind of depression.  These can range from mild, moderate or extreme cases.

A bigger concern though, is that those who suffer from depression are bound to develop suicidal tendencies, or at least contemplating it. Suicide rates all over the world in general have been on the rise over the past decades. In Australia there are around 2,500 deaths per year as a result of suicide, which is around 6 per day.  With the popular celebrity Charlotte Dawson recently taking her life, it’s important to bring this issue out to help those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Depression and Suicide

Depression and suicidal tendencies should not be taken lightly and ignored. These are serious problems with serious implications on the life of the people suffering from it and those around them. They affect a person’s ability to work or study, to do hobbies or play sports, to engage in meaningful relationships and so many other good things in life. Luckily, there are warning signs that help us spot whether a person is suffering from depression or not like strong feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite, weight, sleep patterns and others.

There are also signs that their depression has escalated into suicidal tendencies like a sudden change in behaviour, going from extremely sad to suddenly being calm and happy. Verbal message like “They’d be better off without me,” or “It doesn’t matter” can also be signs. Of course, saying these things do not necessarily mean that the person is automatically suicidal, and that is why professionals like counsellors are there.

Getting Professional Help with Counselling

There are many ways to help a depressed and suicidal person, and one of the most effective ways is by getting therapy and counselling. It is sad that not many people are open to such ideas, preferring to keep their problems to themselves or wanting to avoid embarrassing stereotypes associated with seeing a counsellor. However it is a necessity and it works. Therapy Today states that over fifty percent of people treated for depression and anxiety were able to recover and thus lead normal and better lives.

Counsellors are trained professionals who are able to address problems of depression and suicidal tendencies with expertise. Each counsellor has different approaches however they are all trained to reach out to the victim, listen and decide a proper course of action to be taken. These people are vital elements in helping the victim to get back to their feet – and ultimately, get back their lives.