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What to do if you have suicidal thoughts
1 of 4 View 4 Items Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Therapist Barb Danner, right, of Aspen Ridge Counseling Center talks with one of her clients Elizabeth Andrews on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Related Links Little-known facts on depression Utah researchers say common antidepressants don't work as well at high altitudes It isn't comforting words that matter, just that you offer them when someone is suffering SALT LAKE CITY — Trina Kennington knows she could be a better mother if only it wasn’t so hot outside. Diagnosed with reverse seasonal affective disorder two years ago, the mother of five struggles with a type of depression that sets in as the days grow longer and the temperature rises. Hers is a lonely affliction, coming at a time when it seems that everyone else is happy to be on vacation or outside enjoying the sunshine and warmth. “On social media, everyone is doing fun things, and I am not. Not because of lack of … [Read more...] about What to do when summer makes you depressed
Steven Petrow Special for USA TODAY Published 11:53 p.m. UTC Jun 8, 2018 What do you do when you see a post or a photo on social media that seems to be a cry for help? It’s hard not to think about such a question with the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain and a recent government report that suicide rates have risen nearly 30% since 1999. I didn't know how to answer that question two years ago when editor Burgetta Eplin Wheeler posted a photo of herself on Facebook. She was lying flat on her back, exhausted, her face swollen and red from the heat. The caption: “Mowing my grass today a feat of sheer will…. [I] t took all I had.” Wheeler had previously written about suffering from depression (as have I), and a sixth sense in me told me to reach out and ask if she was OK. I was hesitant, with all kinds of reasons not to, starting with: We weren’t friends. And, it wasn’t my business. Still, I sent her a private message: … [Read more...] about A friend’s Facebook, Instagram post may be a suicide warning sign. Here’s what to do next
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Heather Murphy New York Times June 08, 2018 Reports of Kate Spade’s suicide and struggle with depression have transformed her from symbol of polished prep to a blunt reminder that suffering affects all types.Her death has inspired hundreds to tweet some version of the same message: Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of.But deep in the comment threads, some also debated a more uncomfortable question: What do you do when a friend is depressed for such a long time that you’ve started to feel that nothing you can do will make a difference, and your empathy reserves are tapped out? There are no easy answers. But here are some tips from experts: Don’t Underestimate the Power of Showing Up Advertisement You may not feel that your presence is wanted. But just being by the side of someone who is depressed, and reminding her that she is … [Read more...] about What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed
A spate of suicides among unusually young people has made headlines in recent weeks.– Earlier this month, an 11-year-old girl from South Carolina shot herself to death because she was being bullied at school. The girl, Toni Rivers, told five of her friends that "she just couldn't do this anymore, and she was going home, and she was killing herself," her aunt, Maria Petersen, told CBS affiliate WTOC-TV. Just a few days earlier, police reported that a 12-year-old boy jumped from an overpass above Interstate 66 in northern Virginia and landed on a car. He was critically injured and the driver was killed. These cases are part of a larger and very disturbing trend researchers have observed in recent years: The number of children and teens attempting suicide is on the rise, and so is the number of those who actually die from it. Teen suicide: Risk factors, warning signs and prevention According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third leading … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo What’s behind the rise in youth suicides?