When to Call for Help – Preventing Suicide

depression therapy in Columbus, OHOver 40,000 Americans commit suicide each year according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Statistics tell us that men are 3.5 times more likely to commit suicide than women and on average there are 121 suicides in this country each day. Numbers like these are frightening. All too often the person who needs help the most is the one who won’t ask for it.

At Legacy Freedom of Columbus, OH, we understand depression. We understand mental illness and the fears associated with asking for help. If you, or someone you love, are thinking about or talking about suicide, don’t wait. Reach out. Help is just a phone call away. We offer the most qualified depression therapy in Columbus, OH.

So many times people wait too long to ask for help. They fear they will be judged by their friends or family for feeling the way they do. Being bullied for their depression or other mental illness is what keeps many from asking for help. After a failed suicide attempt, when people are asked why they did not say anything, many confess that they didn’t want to be labeled crazy. Suicide is the last resort, the last desperate cry for help and if family and friends do not pay attention to the signs it may be too late.

Suicide, in most cases, goes hand in hand with depression, anxiety and PTSD. When a person thinks about suicide they cannot live or cope with the amount of pain in their mind and/or body any longer. They convince themselves that death is the only way out. Mental illness is cunning and tricky. It makes us believe things that are not actually true. Before you consider taking your own life, turn to a friend, family member or Legacy Freedom for help.

Family members sometimes fear that addressing issues with their children, husbands, wives, parents, brothers or sisters who show signs of deep depression and suicidal thoughts will only make it worse. They worry they might say the wrong thing at the wrong time sending the person into a downward spiral or upsetting them. If you are unsure how to talk to someone about their depression, ask for help.

The saddest part about suicide is that it is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and it is completely preventable. In most cases the person suffering from depression, anxiety or PTSD or any other mental illness may never have been treated or seen by a professional.

Knowing the signs of a person who is suicidal is key to prevention. The signs are:

  • Difference in actions or temperament
  • Mood swings or acting in an unpredictable way
  • Talking about being a burden on the family or friends
  • Feeling trapped, like an animal in a cage
  • Experiencing unbearable pain
  • Feeling like there is no reason to live
  • Talking about killing themselves
  • Drinking or using drugs excessively
  • Searching online for ways to commit suicide
  • Acting recklessly
  • Experiencing severe insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Giving away their prized possessions
  • Rebelling against their treatments
  • Overly depressed
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Severe irritation or rage
  • Severe anxiety

These are common signs, but trust your gut. You know your friend or loved one best.

Dependable Depression Therapy in Columbus, OH

If you are concerned, Legacy Freedom is here to help. Our dedicated treatment staff is trained in depression, PTSD, anxiety and other mental illnesses. We can help, and help is never more than a phone call away. Our holistic approach to mental health is different than anything you have tried before. The journey to healing begins with our dependable depression therapy in Columbus, OH. We are ready to help you live your best life. Call us today.

 

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