Depression And Suicide Awareness!

With Hannah Bodenheimer

What Is Depression?

Depression is a medical condition, Depression affects more then 19 million people a year. Some people experience only one episode of depression in their whole life, But others may have several episodes of depression. Depression can begin suddenly for no apparent reason, while others can be associated with a life situation.

Symptoms Of Depression:

  • Loss of pleasure in life
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts

Facts and Warnings About Suicide

The statistics about youth suicide are disturbing:

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24 year olds
  • It is the second leading cause of death in college students
  • There are 50-200 suicide attempts for every completion
  • Almost 7% of high school students report making a suicide attempt
  • Over 14% of high school students report suicidal thoughts
  • Suicide is often linked with drug and alcohol use


  • Hopelessness--feeling like things are bad and won't get any better
  • Fear of losing control, going crazy, harming oneself or others
  • Helplessness--a belief that there's nothing that can make life better
  • Worthlessness--feeling useless and of no value
  • Self-hate, guilt, or shame
  • Extreme sadness or loneliness
  • Anxiety or worry


  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Talking or writing about death or destruction
  • Aggression
  • Recklessness


  • Personality--behaving like a different person, becoming withdrawn, feeling tired all the time, not caring about anything, or becoming more talkative or
  • Behavior--inability to concentrate
  • Sleeping pattern--sleeping all the time or not being able to sleep
  • Eating habits--loss of appetite and/or overeating
  • Losing interest in friends, hobbies, personal appearance
  • Sudden improvement after a period of being down or withdrawn


  • Statements like "How long does it take to bleed to death?"
  • Threats like "I won't be around much longer" or "You'd be better off without me"
  • Making plans, such as studying about ways to die or obtaining the means to self-inflict injury or death
  • Suicide attempts
Breathe me -- sia

Breathe Me- Sia

It's talking about how this person has harmed themselves and they're calling out for help. And talking about how they need someone to help or provide comfort for them. And how they feel like they lost themselves in their own depression and that they are fragile in a sense

What Self Harm Is

Self harm is deliberately harming your body, either on your arms, thighs, or abdomen. It is intentional act, repetitive, and results in minor or moderate harm without the intent to cause death. People self harm because that's their way to cope with a emotional pain they are going through. People usually hide their cuts, burns, scars, and other forms of bodily harm with long sleeved clothing or wearing jeans more frequently.

Myth: People who cut and self-injure are trying to get attention.
Fact: The painful truth is that people who self-harm generally do so in secret. They aren’t trying to manipulate others or draw attention to themselves. In fact, shame and fear can make it very difficult to come forward and ask for help.

Myth: People who self-injure are crazy and/or dangerous.
Fact: It is true that many people who self-harm suffer from anxiety, depression, or a previous trauma—just like millions of others in the general population. Self-injury is how they cope. Slapping them with a “crazy” or “dangerous” label isn’t accurate or helpful.

Myth: People who self-injure want to die.
Fact: Self-injurers usually do not want to die. When they self-harm, they are not trying to kill themselves—they are trying to cope with their pain. In fact, self-injury may be a way of helping themselves go on living. However, in the long-term, people who self-injure have a much higher risk of suicide, which is why it’s so important to seek help.

Myth: If the wounds aren’t bad, it’s not that serious.
Fact: The severity of a person’s wounds has very little to do with how much he or she may be suffering. Don’t assume that because the wounds or injuries are minor, there’s nothing to worry about.

Symptoms Of Self Harm Are:

  • Cutting or Scratching your skin
  • Banging your head or throwing your body against hard objects
  • Burning your self

Warning For Family Members Or Friends Of Self Harm:

  • Unexplained Scars
  • Blood Stains
  • Sharp Objects Or Instruments
  • Frequent "Accidents"
  • Covering Up
  • Needing To Be Alone A lot

People Who Can Help

If you find yourself or someone harming themselves then going to a parent or guardian might help. Guidance counselors would provide help as well because they are specifically trained to help people. A friend would also work because they might help you confine in someone like the guidance counselor or a parent or guardian. Social Media also could provide help, maybe a online friend you talk to a lot or a website that is designed to help people with self harming.