Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among Oregonians ages 10-24. Even harder to hear, the CDC says that more than half of the people who die by suicide do not have a known mental health condition, which likely means they were not getting the help or support they needed.
Learn the signs and symptoms of depression, so you can help someone who may be struggling:
Frequent sadness, tearfulness, crying
Decreased interest in activities; or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities
Persistent boredom; low energy
Social isolation, poor communication
Low self-esteem and guilt
Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure
Increased irritability, anger, or hostility
Difficulty with relationships
Frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches and stomachaches
Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school
A major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns
Talk of or efforts to run away from home
Thoughts or expressions of suicide or self-destructive behavior
5 Steps to Help Someone in Crisis (from #BeThe1To)
Keep them safe.
Help them connect.