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Clinical Depression is more than the blues or typical ups and downs.
Some people may experience a mild and short-lived ‘down’ time, but true clinical depression is immobilizing and can interfere with the ability to function everyday, in obvious or subtle ways.
Confronting a person about suicide will only make them angry and increase the risk of suicide
Asking someone directly about depression or suicidal intent opens up communication, lowers anxiety, and lowers the risk of an impulsive act.
Once a person decides that they are going to commit suicide, there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them
Suicide is the most preventable kind of death, with almost any positive action having the potential to save a life.
Approximately 500 Massachusetts residents die by suicide each year
On a positive note, over 154,000 calls are made to Samaritans (including Samariteens) in MA each year
Asking someone if they are suicidal can plant the idea in their head
Usually if you ask someone if they’re suicidal they’ve already thought about it. Your question will not cause them to attempt suicide but will instead open the gateways to help and understanding.
Teens who claim to be depressed are weak and just need to pull themselves together
Depression isn’t a weakness, but a serious health disorder that requires help and a renewed sense of hope.
9% of the 2008 Needham HS population has reported that they have had suicidal thoughts
8% of Pollard 7th and 8th graders said they thought about suicide.
Telling an adult that a friend might be depressed is betraying a trust
Depression, which zaps people’s energy and self-esteem, interferes with a person’s ability to ask for or get help.
Depression/suicide can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity and socio-economic status
It's not, however, that they want to die, its that they cant figure out how to go on living.
It is important for each of us to remember we are not alone. Our families, friends, teachers or fellow community members are always there to offer support
Suicide prevention is everybody's business, and anyone can help prevent the tragedy of suicide.
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