Pets give people a reason to live, shows Aussie study

Over-60s who felt 'actively suicidal' said taking responsibility for their pet gave them purpose

People older than 60 are more likely to take their own lives than any other age group in Australia, but now a new study has found having a furry friend can save their lives.

Person and dog

The University of South Australia research found being in the company of a dog, cat or bird gives older people a reason to live.

More than one-third of the study's participants aged 60-83 who reported being "actively suicidal" or "significantly traumatised" said taking responsibility for their pet gave

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