Suicide and Depression
Suicide and depression affect all of us - if not personally then indirectly - through friends, relatives and co-workers who have suffered from depression, an anxiety disorder, attempted suicide or suicide.
- Last year in the US, more than 40,000 people in this country took their own lives.
- More than a million Americans made suicide attempts in 2015.
- Fewer than half of those experiencing depression receive medical or psychiatric help.
- Depression costs over $80 billion in lost earnings and medical costs each year (CDC).
- Depression is the number 1 disability in the world (WHO).
- 80-90% of adolescents that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication.
People who live with depression look just like you and me. They are our neighbors, friends, family members... and they suffer in silence, afraid of the stigma. Depression and suicide remain very difficult topics for most of us to talk about. Despair and shame overwhelm those who are close to mental illness. Kept hidden and secret, mental illness and depression will not go away and suicide will continue to be the second leading cause of death among young people.
If you need help and want to talk to someone, call:
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
For the Crisis Text Line, text "Listen" to 741-741
For the Samaritans, Call or Text (877)870-4673
For immediate crisis evaluation call the Emergency Services Program / Mobile Crisis Intervention at 1-877-382-1609 & enter your zip code; you will get the phone number of the closest ESP/MCI that serves you.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911