An Introduction . . .
Depression is very common, in fact some statistics show that depression affects 1 in 10. A lot of people are either too worried and embarrassed to seek help or simply don't recognise the signs. Depression and suicidal feelings can be very serious and it is important to recognise signs of these feelings so you can seek the correct medical and phycological advice.
Looking for the signs . . .
There are just a few signs to look out for if you suspect someone of being suicidal or falling into a depressive state. Here they are:
- Increased isolation and separation from friends and family.
- Expression of hopeless and helplessness.
- Increased signs of lethargic behavior - including attitudes of 'cannot be bothered'.
- Changes of regular behavior.
- Expressions of negative attitude towards self.
- A history of suicide in the family or previous depressive states.
Acting quickly is very important if you suspect either yourself or someone you know is in a depressive state. The first thing to do is talk to the person you are concerned about. Make sure you listen to them and take them seriously. Talk to them about seeking medical help from a doctor or calling a support helpline.
Seeking the support . . .
There are a number of ways to get support with depression and suicidal feelings. One of the best things you can do is talk to someone who is close to you and who you trust. If you do not feel comfortable talking to someone close to you then there are lots of help lines available to answer your calls, reply to your emails and even answer your letters. If you are living in the UK then call Samaritans on 08457 909 090. If you are in the US then call the Trevor project on 866 488 7386.