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Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts

Everyone feels unhappy at some time or another. Feelings of sadness are a normal part of everyday life. However, such feelings become abnormal if they are persistent and intrude into a person’s social, occupational, and personal activities. The test of ‘normality’ is whether a person is distressed by the feelings and whether they make it impossible for the person to function as he or she would like. If so, the person can be described as being ‘depressed’. Depression is characterised by persistent, significantly lowered mood and a loss of interest or pleasure in activities that are normally enjoyable. This chapter addresses the signs and symptoms of depression and how to approach a depressed person.

Contents include

  • patterns of suicidal thought
  • signs of potential suicide
  • suicide in age groups
  • strategies and techniques for prevention
  • effects of suicide on helpers.
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RN. MN and Cert IV (Workplace Assessment and Training).
Hugh is a nurse consultant and educator with a master of nursing qualification, majoring in community health. He has extensive hospital and community-based experience as a mental health clinician where his clients included those affected by various forms of dementia. Hugh is well known as an informed and engaging teacher and his topics include psycho-geriatric aspects of care. Also, he is the author of the publication Counselling and Interviewing for Carers: A Basic Guide.

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