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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
This checklist is taken out of the book: Real Men Do Cry: A Quarterback's
Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression and Surviving Suicide Loss by Eric Hipple, former NFL Quarterback for
the Detroit Lions (2008).
Nine-Symptom Checklist for Depression:
For each statement below, insert a number score:
Interpreting Scores: How to know if you may need help:
Signs of Depression and Possible Suicide Risk:
The National Institute of Mental Health offers the following resources if you are thinking about suicide. Bottom line: Get help immediately.
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Depression is a medical illness which affects the brain which in turn affects the rest of the body.
Depression can affect anyone: children, adolescents, young adults, middle-aged adults and older people.
20% of adults will have suffered from depression at some point in their lifetimes.
Everyone feels down from time to time. However, with depression, these feelings are more severe and occur nearly every day for two weeks or more.
In the United States:
91 people die by suicide each day
Approximately 17% of students in grades 9-12 have seriously considered suicide in the past year
Of the 9% of high school students who admit to one or more suicide attempts, only 1 of 3 will receive help
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 10-24 year olds
Among young people ages 10-24, the suicide rate has doubled in the past two decades
Sex: Men are four times more likely than women to die from suicide, although three times more women than men report attempting suicide
Neurotransmitters: Research indicates that both depression and suicidal behavior is linked with decreased serotonin in the brain.
Psychiatric Disorders: At least 90% of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric illness
Family History: There is an increased risk for suicidal behavior in individuals with a family history of major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and certain personality disorders.
Substance Abuse: Drugs and alcohol are involved in 60% of suicides
Distressing Life Events: loss of loved one, career failure, rejection, and abuse
Psychic Pain or Inner Turmoil: Anxiety, guilt, perceived burdensomeness, feelings of not belonging and hopeless that things will not improve.
Impulsivity: Impulsive individuals are more atp to act on suicidal urgers.
In order to prevent suicide, we must first begin by overcoming our reluctance to talk about it.
Young people are more likely to seek help if social acceptance is broadened and they receive support and services early on
Education reduces stigmas, thereby increasing our understanding and compassion towards those who suffer from depression.
Communication will help increase emotional support for family and friends with mental health problems.
Research from sociologist Ronald Kessler at Harvard Medical School has revealed that "more than half of all cases of mental illness begin during the teenage years".
What can I Do To Help Someone Who is in Crisis?
Remember that Suicide is NOT a Choice, but a result of a serious illness....depression (or some other mental health disorder).
Suicide can be prevented. Some suicides occur without any outward warning, most do not. Most people who feel suicidal give definite warning signs, but these signs are often not understood, recognized or acted upon until it it too late.
There are now promising treatment for depression on both a preventative and treatment basis. With knowledge, understanding and knowing where resources are, lives can be saved and less people will have to suffer the loss of their loved one. Each life lost to suicide affects countless families, friends and loved one with unimaginable sorrow and pain.
Help is Available: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Psychiatric Emergency Response Network: 1-866-FOR-PERN (367-7376)
Kristen Brooks Hope Center, National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
National Crisis Line, The Help Line USA: 1-800-334-HELP (4357)
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