DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE

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WARNING SIGNS

Are you worried about depression for yourself or your friend? Answering "yes" to one or more of these symptoms may indicate a problem.

Individuals who are suffering from depression must get help.

A person who is considering suicide may show these warning signs.

If you believe your friend is contemplating suicide, you must take these steps.

Seek professional help . It is essential to seek expert advice from a mental health professional who has experience in helping depressed teens. Also, alert key adults in the teen's life - family, friends, and teachers.

Trust your instincts . If it seems that the situation may be serious, seek prompt help. Break a confidence if necessary in order to save a life.

Pay attention to discussions about suicide . Ask direct questions and don't be afraid to talk honestly with your friend. Silence is deadly!

Listen, and offer help . Encourage depressed teens to talk about their feelings. Listen, don't lecture.

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