Mental Health and Depression

By Yingying Chen

Depression

  • Depression is the reaction to life struggles or an injured self esteem
  • Depression is usually due to stress, a loss of a family member/close friend, or anxiety
  • Depression is a feeling of loss, anger, grief, sadness over a long period of time
  • Depression is not something that can be treated by just saying, "Stop acting this way" or "Snap out of it"
  • Depression could lead to suicide

Signs of Depression

  • Signs of depression include fatigue or loss of energy
  • It could also include impaired decision making
  • Signs of depression also include lack of energy in favorite activities
  • Insomnia is a sign of depression
  • And significant eating changes are also part of depression

How to Help Depression

  • People who are depressed can be helped by counselors, family members, friends, and professional therapy
  • You can help someone who is depressed by telling them that realizing they have depression
  • You can also help by giving them support and love
  • Also, talk to the person who is depressed. Tell them you are there and they can tell you anything
  • You can also help someone who is depressed by doing small things, like getting to choose better eating habits or going outside

Suicide

  • Suicide is the intentional act of killing yourself
  • Suicide is the product of untreated depression
  • Suicide is not inherited and not a "disease"
  • Not all suicidal people want to die
  • Suicide could be caused by another's suicide or suicide attempt

Suicide Prevention

  • You can prevent the suicide of a friend or family member by telling the police
  • If you are thinking of suicide, go talk to a trusted adult whom you feel comfortable with
  • If you see someone who is thinking, writing, or talking about death very often then tell an adult who can help them
  • When talking to a suicidal person be yourself and sympathetic
  • Do not tell the suicidal person to "Look on the bright side" or "You have so much to live for".