How to recognise severe depression and help prevent suicide
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Talking about mental health often causes people to feel uncomfortable, either because of their lack of knowledge on the subject or the concern that they will say something wrong. Once you leave home and surround yourself with more diverse people you will learn two important things: 1. There are a lot of people that suffer from a variety of mental illnesses. 2. This makes them no different to those that do not suffer from a mental illness. While many people who suffer from mental illness seek help and successfully manage their illness, there are some who struggle to do so. This might be due to a lack of understanding of their mental health, or it can be due to a lack of resources and support. As today is Suicide Prevention Day it seems fitting to remind everyone that mental health problems can be incredibly difficult to deal with, and can sometimes lead to loss of life. If anyone you know appears to be struggling with depression or any other mental health problem, the best thing you can do is speak to them and let them know you are someone who wants to listen and help. This is not always easy but it is undeniably essential, as those who feel alone are the most vulnerable to their illness. The first step to helping those you know is recognising the signs. Some are obvious while others are far more subtle, yet all are important for understanding your friend or loved ones mental health. Below you will find a list of sudden changes you may notice in someone that suffers from depression: - Too much sleep - Not enough sleep - Eating more - Eating less
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- Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK.
- PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
- Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. It doesn't have a helpline, but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information.
- Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
- Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.
- NHS (non emergency): 111
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