20% of the people who suffer recurring depressions end up taking their own life. If you have had several depressions, we advise you to remember that a disease which can be treated mustn't rule your life in this way.
The risk of committing suicide is 15-20 times greater amongst people with recurring depressions than amongst people without depressions. But you can do a lot to prevent getting recurring depressions.
Half of all suicides are committed by people who suffer from a mental illness, particularly depression, and that is far too many. By reading about depression.
There are many more people who attempt suicide than people who die from it. Women generally try to commit suicide 2-3 times more often than men. But men commit suicide 2-3 times more often than women.
Previous suicide attempts
People who have previously tried to take their own life have an increased risk of committing suicide. But it is never too late to come out of the depression and with that the thoughts of suicide. Read more about treatment.
Suicide in the family
The risk of suicide seems to be hereditary. Suicide occurs more frequently in some families. Results from twin and adoption studies suggest that it isn't just the tendency to developing depression that is hereditary but also the actual risk of committing suicide.
Alcohol and medicinal abuse
People who are suffering from depression and simultaneously abuse alcohol or medicine have an increased risk of committing suicide. But both alcohol abuse and depression can be treated.
People who are both suffering from depression and a serious physical disease have an increased risk of committing suicide. But the increased risk can be reduced dramatically by preventing and treating depression.
Lack of social support
People who are alone without a family, friends and other social support also appear to have an increased risk of committing suicide. The same applies to people who are not working. It is therefore a good idea to try and make contact with other people. You can for example take part in associations or fitness centres or sports clubs. It can also be a good idea to contact Depressionsforeningen, which is an association of people who have had a depression.
Early stages of the disease
The greatest risk of suicide attempts lies in the early stages of the disease. The majority of suicides are committed during one of the first depressive episodes. It is important that you are examined by your doctor. Even if you have just had the thought of depression.
Immediately after your discharge
In the weeks just after your discharge from a psychiatric ward, the risk of committing suicide is particularly great. You should therefore make sure that you are closely attached to your family and friends. Avoid being alone.
When you stop taking your medicine
If you suddenly stop taking antidepressants or mood stabilizing medicine (e.g. lithium) the risk of developing depression again is increased. The risk of suicide is especially great immediately after you stop taking the medication.