What you need to know
Suicide is the eleventh ranking cause of death for all ages, and the second leading cause of death for young people, age 15-24.
Depression can be treated
Everyone feels sad or down sometimes. But if you or a loved one have overwhelming feelings of despair that last for more than two weeks, serious depression may be the cause. Depression is the most common mental illness in the world and the most treatable. Talk to a trusted friend, doctor, counselor or teacher about how to get help. Modern medicines can help, too.
Suicide is forever
Suicide is a permanent response to problems that seem to have no other solutions. It’s hard to see alternatives when you are in a crisis and a lot of personal pain. Most people who consider suicide do not want to die — they just want their pain to go away. Pain can be helped in other ways.
Life’s painful times do not last forever, even if it feels like they will. Having suicidal thoughts is nothing to be ashamed of, it’s something to get help for.
Using alcohol or drugs can make you feel worse
As many as fifty percent of people who attempt suicide have been drinking. If someone is going through a hard time, alcohol and other drugs will not help and may make things worse. Alcohol is a depressant and can make you feel more depressed.
Why do people hesitate to seek help or treatment?
Some believe that what they are experiencing is normal and will just go away. Clinical major depression is not normal and causes ongoing problems.
Depression is a medical illness with physical causes similar to diabetes or asthma and should be treated as such. The earlier depression can be evaluated and treated, the easier it is to treat and the less likely it is for further complications to develop. Depression that persists is not good. Getting treatment is critical.
Treatment options which should be considered:
If you feel suicidal, get help!
Don’t try to handle it alone. These feelings may not go away without help. Here’s what you can do:
When people face serious problems, emotional pain, or suffer from depression, they sometimes turn to thoughts of suicide. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, take it seriously. Read on to find out how you can help yourself or a friend.
You may see one or more of these surface signs of depression, which may lead to suicide: