The World Health Organization has determined that there is a suicide committed worldwide every 40 seconds. By the year 2020, that number will double to every 20 seconds.
Depression is the #1 reason behind suicides.
THIS is why I write about depression. It’s a lot more than just a “case of the blues”. Much more.
Did you know that there are more than 9 different types of depression?
- Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
- Persistent Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Postpartum Depression
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Atypical Depression
- Psychotic Depression
- Situational Depression
These are just the ones I could find in a brief search. There are more. So let’s end the stigma, shall we? Depression is an illness. There is NO shame in having depression. There is NO shame in talking about depression.
If you think you might be depressed, please TALK to someone. Talk to a friend, a teacher, a priest, your doctor, SOMEONE.
If you have a friend or loved one that you think might be depressed, TALK to them. Encourage them to seek help. Go with them if necessary, to that doctor’s office or church, hold their hand. BE there for them. You may just save a life.
If you have a friend that has mentioned suicide, DON’T ignore it. Talking about it is NOT harmless. TALK to them.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline phone # is: 1-800-273-8255. HERE is a link to many international phone #’s for Suicide Prevention.
There IS help. If you can’t get that friend or loved one to call, YOU call for them. You may just save their life.
As always, thank you for joining me on this journey. ❤ Penny