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What you need to know about suicide and depression

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide and looking for a sign not to kill yourself, this is it…

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, it may feel impossible right now — but realize, and remember — you WILL get better, you WILL feel better.

This deep dark cloud of depression, anger, and despair is only temporary. It WILL, and it DOES pass.

Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, with an estimated 16 million adults suffering at least one major depressive episode in the past year.

Men and women experience depression in different ways, but, 80% of people who seek treatment for depression are treated successfully, and almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms. But first, depression has to be recognized, and help for it has to be sought out.

Research shows medications and therapy to be effective suicide prevention methods. The best way to prevent suicide is through early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of depression, and other mood disorders, and/ or substance abuse issues.

A 2015 report shows that suicide rates amongst teenage girls are now the highest they have been in 40 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2007 and 2015, suicide rates doubled among girls and rose by more than 30 percent amongst teen boys and young men.

Social media and cyberbullying are believed to have contributed greatly to this sharp increase.

We all need to learn how to recognize the signs of depression and suicidal ideation, and to be alert for them in our everyday lives — in our interactions with loved ones, neighbors, work colleagues, and friends.

If you are worried about someone, click here for help.

If you have days when you feel like you just can’t go on, find help here.

Risk factors and warning signs to be aware of are here.

If you are a reporter, editor, blogger, or social media influencer, take just one minute to check out the guidelines for responsible reporting on suicide.

Suicide should never be sensationalized, and should never, ever, be used for clickbait purposes. Never forget the person you are writing about was somebody’s child, parent, sibling, friend, or loved one.

Finally, if you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) And, remember, it WILL pass, it WILL get better.

Please keep living, we need you.

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