Depression is a common cause of suicide, but not all depressed people are going to commit suicide. Those who have family, meaningful work, or who believe it is morally wrong are less likely to commit suicide. People who are not only depressed, but feel hopeless as well, are in more danger of hurting themselves. There is also a desire for oblivion often found in depressed people that’s not so much a wish to harm oneself, as it is a need for relief. Another group are those who have thought about it, but have no intention of acting on those thoughts.
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