Suicide and Depression

Take a chance on life

By Chrissa Schreiber

You're Not Alone

So what is depression?


Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods.


This can lead to lost interest in things you normally enjoy. You may avoid people around you and you may feel intensely sad, constantly down on your self. You’re irritable…with everyone.

What to do about Depression

If you are feeling depressed don't take it lightly. It can spiral very quickly to bad thoughts and actions and result in suicide.


If you are feeling depressed talk to someone immediately and tell them what's been going on.


Don't freak out. It's common for people to get depressed. Depression is a result in many things including stress, loss or guilty feelings.

Treatment

The good thing about depression is that it is treatable. Treatments may include psychotherapy or medication.


YOU SHOULD NEVER USE MEDICATION AS A FIRST RESORT!


Psychotherapy includes the exploration of events or feelings that are painful to the person and development of new coping skills.


Before using medication consult with a counselor or your physician. You can get

anti-depressants for help controlling your emotions and actions.

Boulder County Recourses

Suicide:


  1. National Suicide Prevention lifeline ..................1.800.273.TALK
  2. Mental Health Center - Longmont .....................303.684.0555
  3. Mental Health Center - Boulder .........................303.443.8500
  4. Child Crisis line ....................................................303.413.6388