When Depression Leads To Suicide

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By: Krystle Crossman

In the wake of the tragic death of beloved actor Robin Williams it is important to learn about depression and what some of the warning signs of someone who may commit suicide are. If you notice that someone has any of these signs, try to help them the best that you can or direct them to someone who is trained to help in these situations. Even if you aren’t sure, it is better to be safe than for it to be too late by the time more symptoms are revealed.

There are different risk factors that a person may have that can increase the likelihood of suicide. These risk factors include:

– Substance abuse
– Prior attempts
– Physical or s*xual abuse
– Exposure to suicidal behaviors from other people
– Family history of suicide or mental illness
– Chronic illness
– Family history of violence
– Incarceration

Suicide is one of the most preventable deaths that there is. 90% of suicides are people who are diagnosed with a mental health disorder. So many of these people do not seek treatment as they should. Many also have a substance abuse problem which when combined with depression can have deadly consequences. These are some of the warning signs that a person may be contemplating suicide:

– They talk about death all of the time
– They say things such as “it would be better if I weren’t around”
– They lose interest in everything that they once cared about
– Clinical depression that worsens significantly
– Getting their affairs such as wills and typing up loose ends together
– Taking extreme risks and not caring about the possibly deadly outcomes
– Talking about suicide or killing themselves
– Saying goodbye to family and friends, visiting people they haven’t seen in a while
– Their mood may change from sad and depressed to calm and peaceful

If you notice that someone you care about has any of these warning signs or displays this type of behavior let them know that you are there for them and that there are resources available. The suicide hotline number is 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK. There are trained counselors on these hotlines to help when someone is in a crisis.

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  1. I lost a friend a few years ago to suicide. She abused alcohol, arrested for DUIs, her 10 year old told her she was a waste of air.

    I tried to get her into a rehab and she refused because she did not want to leave her brat behind. Believe me, that kid was and is a waste of air.

    Her dui attorney told her no to go into rehab because it would make her guilty.

    I would rather have her look guilty and be alive than dead.

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