Suicide and Depression
By: Emma Smith
Depression and Self-harm
Depression also may cause self-harm. Self harm is extremely serious, and if you notice anyone that might be suffering from it, talk to someone you trust about it immediately. Forms of self-harm aren't just cutting, it's also burning or branding yourself, carving into your skin, hitting or punching self, biting, hand banging on other things, pulling hair, and even picking at wounds so they cannot heal correctly. Signs of self-harm or self-injury are: Scars or burns on flesh unexplained, claiming to have frequent accidents, fresh cuts/scratches/bruises, wearing long sleeves and pants in hot weather, sharp objects with them or in their home, depression, spending a lot of time alone, ect. And the effects of this are equally as terrible as doing the thing itself such as permanent scars, disfigurations, social isolation, worsening depression- which may result in suicide -, infections, stress, anxiety, and even death.
Victims of cutting often wear longs sleeves and hold them to their palms.
Cry for Help
A cry for help may be silent. Look closely.
Speak up for someone you love or yourself when battling with suicidal thoughts. It could save a life.
1 (800) 273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Use these links and the phone number above, or talk to a trusted adult, friend, or family member about counseling.