WORDS ARE POWERFUL...If you or someone you know begins to exhibit symptoms of depression, do talk about it.  Don't have the misconception that you need to keep silent.  COMMUNICATION shows you CARE.  Mental health is worth fighting for, so don't be ashamed or afraid.  Seek help from a doctor, who can recommend a specialist if needed.  For crisis assistance call 911 or the suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.  Recognize the symptoms and TALK ABOUT IT.  Examples:

Let's Talk About It!


don't suppress!

Untreated depression may get worse.

Worth fighting for!

Fighting for forgiveness, InC.

SYMPTOMS (that last more than 2 weeks)
Persistent sadness, anxiety, feeling hopeless
I don't know what's wrong, but I always feel sad lately.  Can I talk to you about it?
You don't seem to enjoy hanging out anymore and you seem sad all the time.  I'm concerned about you.  Let's talk about it...
Unable to sleep at night, oversleeping, fatigue
I'm having problems sleeping at night.  I wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep.
I noticed you seem sleepy during the day.  Are you sleeping OK at night?  Lets' talk about it...
Notable changes in weight or appetite
I've lost my appetite and I don't feel like eating the foods that I love.  I'm not sure what's wrong.
Please don't let this hurt your feelings, but I noticed that you have started gaining weight.  Is something bothering you?  Let's talk about it...
Difficult to concentrate, make decisions, or remember
I seem to be very forgetful lately.  I forgot about an important assignment I had this week and I can't seem to get focused.
You forgot to follow up with an important client again and that's not like you.  Is everything alright?  I care, so let's talk about it...
Restless, irritable, irrational
I feel angry most of the time and i don't know why.  I think i need help.  Can you recommend a doctor?
Why do you have trouble being still? You don't seem like you can relax. What's wrong?  Let's talk about it...
Drug use, risky behavior
I've started taking drugs to help me feel better.  I know I shouldn't do it, but I can't seem to stop on my own.  I need help.
At the party last night, i saw you use drugs.  You've never done that before and I'm concerned about you.  Let's talk about it...

Thoughts of suicide

Click here to view a video from the Mayo Clinic on teen suicide prevention. 

I lost my job over 4 months ago and I haven't been able to provide for my family.  Life is overwhelming.  I need help.
You seem to have reckless behavior lately.  I'm concerned that you will hurt yourself.  Let's talk about it...