Depression is a serious mental health condition. When left untreated, symptoms of depression (or other mental illness) can worsen to the point where thoughts of suicide may emerge. At some point in life, many individuals have experienced some level of suicidal thoughts without intent to act upon them. The combination of stressors along with untreated mental illness can lead to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. As thoughts become more specific (i.e. a person makes a plan to kill themselves) risk of attempted or completed suicide increases significantly. Note the following signs/symptoms of depression (and other mental illness) below. If you recognize them in yourself or a peer, read about how to help.
Not everyone who suffers from mental illness is highly susceptible to suicide. It is the combination of untreated mental health concerns, high stress, and exhaustion of coping skills that increases risk.
A person who is thinking of suicide may express some of the following signs:
Emergencies: Dial 911
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (TALK)
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