MHW Thursday: Depression and Suicide

Welcome back to Mental Health Week. I’m Aubrey Wilson, today there will be a diversity of parade at both lunches
starting in the quad. Today’s topic is depression and suicidal
ideation. If you are at risk at being triggered by this topic please inform
your teacher and wait outside the class, if needed please go to the counselor’s
office. Depression and suicidal thoughts although often not spoken of might be
more common than you think. It has been found that 22% of DUSD
students have reported having problems with this. Depression is not an emotion
and is much more than just feeling sad, depression is a mood disorder that causes frequent negative emotions and a loss of interest. Those who deal with
depression often find themselves losing interests and many things that they used
to care deeply about causing damage to their daily lives. Some symptoms include
changes in appetite, difficulty sleeping, increased fatigue, slow movements, and
difficulty concentrating. If not addressed or actively avoided depression
can lead to suicidal ideation, These thoughts should never be taken lightly.
There are two forms of suicidal ideation passive and active. Passive suicidal
ideation is when someone does have those thoughts but has no plan to act on them.
While active is when someone actively plans to and how to. If you know someone who is struggling with depression and/or suicidal ideation one of the most
important things is to be there for them. Showing and reminding them that you care tells them that they are not alone and serves as a reminder that they do matter
to someone, Encourage them to get help and be there for them. If you are
struggling with thoughts of suicide please reach out to a friend trusted
adult counselor or even the National Suicide Prevention lifeline. The National
Suicide Prevention lifeline is a toll-free 24/7 hotline that you can
contact if you ever need to. The phone number is 1-800-273-8255. For spanish 1-888-628-9454. For the Deaf or Hard of Hearing 1-800-799-4889. If you feel uncomfortable with talking on the phone you can also reach their lifeline chats
from their website. As repetitive as hearing
this may be remember that suicide is not and will never be the answer. It may take
quite a while but these times will pass and you will get back on your feet
eventually. You’ve made it this far and you’re stronger than you realize,
you deserved a chance to grow, become better, and find yourself again and if no
one has told you in a while I believe in you. We believe in you. I believe in you. I
believe in you. I believe in you.

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