Important Information to:Promote good mental health
In knowing this information, you will be a part of raising awareness of depression as a treatable disease and of suicide as a preventable tragedy. You will be a part of the fellowship to promote good mental health and to prevent suicide.
HAMPTON ROADS SEVEN CITIES AND FIVE MILITARY SERVICES ARE COMING TOGETHER TO PROMOTE GOOD MENTAL HEALTH . . .
The #1 cause of suicide is untreated depression. Over 18.8 million Americans suffer from this illness. Depression is a treatable disease; this is a medical matter. When we raise awareness of depression as a treatable disease, we can prevent the tragedy of suicide. We will be able to identify the: Major Warning Signs Of Suicide; Symptoms Of Depression; What To Do When Someone Is Suicidal; and The Crisis Line. Then, through treatment, we can not only change a life . . . we may save one!
THE MAJOR WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE;
Over 70 percent of those who die by suicide gave warning signs:
- A previous attempt
- Talking or writing about death/suicide in direct/indirect ways
- Change of behavior
- Past and/or present substance abuse
- History of depression or suicide in the family
- Symptoms of Depression
SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION;
Symptoms of depression begin with a deep sense of sadness, despair, and/or a lack of joy or interest. You may also have at least 4 of these symptoms:
- Change of appetite
- Weight gain or loss
- Trouble remembering, concentrating
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or hopelessness
- Feelings of anxiety
- Decreased activity
- Unexplained headaches or physical pain
- Neglect of responsibilities and appearance
- Withdrawal from family or friends
- Thoughts of death or suicide
WHAT TO DO WHEN SOMEONE MAY BE SUICIDAL;
- Ask the person outright. Most experts now agree the risk of planting an idea of suicide is much less than the danger of keeping quiet.
- Take immediate steps to ensure safety. Eliminate access to firearms. Get the person to a physician and/or therapist.
- Enlist family and community support.
- Don’t leave the individual alone until help is in place.
- If you are 18 or under, tell a responsible adult, counselor, pastor, or teacher.
- If you think someone is about to act, call a hotline for help. Do not hesitate to call the police. The goal is to interrupt the moment.
THE CRISIS LINE;
- If you or someone you care about is at risk for suicide call: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK
Thank you for your interest and support