Feeling depressed and hopeless?
If you are depressed or feel hopeless, please reach out to your school guidance counselor for help. No matter what is going on in your life, there is help out there somewhere. If you have ever had thoughts of harming yourself, try to recognize that your depression is making it hard for you to see the help available to you or the possibility that things will be much better for you in time.
Contact the Texas Youth Hotline for more assistance at (800) 210-2278 or the National Suicide Prevention hotline at (800) SUICIDE (784-2433).
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24. Many situations can give rise to suicidal thoughts, including loss of an important relationship, trouble with parents or school, drug or alcohol abuse, or conflicts with peers. Depression itself is a disease that can make a person feel suicidal even though he or she may have everything to live for.
Warning signs of a possible suicide attempt may be found in what a person says or does. You should be concerned if someone says things like:
"I am going to kill myself"
"I wish I were dead"
"I feel hopeless or worthless"
"Life isn't worth living"
"You won't have to worry about me anymore"
"You're better off without me"
"Nobody needs me anymore"
Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
You should also be concerned about anyone who does things like:
Buying/acquiring a gun
Making a will or giving things away
Talking about taking a long trip
Taking unusual risks
If you know someone who may be planning to attempt suicide, here are some things you can do to help:
- Ask, "Are you thinking of hurting or killing yourself?"
- Remain calm and help define the issue.
- Listen to the person - do not try to solve the problem right away.
- Paraphrase - focus on issue(s).
- Be aware of body language - what is it telling you?
- Emphasize the temporary nature of the problem and how things will change.
- Don't ignore the signs or sound shocked.
- Don't offer empty promises.
- Don't leave the person alone.
- Don't be the only person helping - get help from a counselor or suicide hotline immediately.