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If  you or someone you know is in danger of attempting suicide, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255.   


It's natural to feel sad sometimes. Sadness is a normal human emotion, but if that low mood lingers day after day, it could signal depression. Major depression is an period of sadness, along with other symptoms that lasts at least two consecutive weeks and is severe enough to interrupt daily activities. Depression is not a sign of weakness. It is a  a treatable medical condition.

Most people who attempt suicide say that they did it because they were trying to get away from a situation that seemed impossible to deal with. They didn't want to die as much as they wanted to escape from what was going on. At that moment dying seemed like the only way out.

We all feel overwhelmed by difficult emotions or situations. But most people get through it or can put their problems in perspective and find a way to carry on. People who suffer from depression may find it hard to over come a difficult situation. This can lead to suicidal feelings. Some people who end their lives or attempt suicide are trying to escape feelings of rejection, hurt, or loss. Others might feel angry, ashamed, or guilty about something. They may feel unwanted, unloved, victimized, or like they're a burden to others.

 90% of the people who complete suicide have a diagnosable mental illness at the time of their death, most commonly depression. 

Loss, depression, anxiety disorders, medical conditions, drug and alcohol dependency, financial, legal or school problems and other life difficulties can all create profound emotional distress. This can interfere with our ability to problem solve. Even if it is hard to see it now, there are always solutions to our problems. 

 The deep despair and hopelessness that goes along with depression can make suicide feel like the only way to escape the pain. Thoughts of death or suicide are a serious symptom of depression, so take any suicidal talk or behavior seriously. It's not just a warning sign that the person is thinking about suicide, it's a cry for help.

Many factors may play a role in depression, including genetics, brain biology and chemistry, and life events such as trauma, loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, an early childhood experience, or any stressful situation.   

Anxiety disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, and generalized anxiety disorder, often accompany depression. 


 Depression, even the most severe cases, can be effectively treated. The earlier that treatment can begin, the more effective it is. (NIMH)