September 10th is a day set aside globally to bring attention to the completely preventable loss of life through suicide. While this is not a new health promotion day, it’s getting plenty of attention lately on account of the recent passing of well known comedian Robin Williams by suicide.
Largely those who make an attempt on their own lives are suffering from depression, though not always. Recognizing signs & symptoms of depression can be a preventative measure for much worse things to come. If you suspect someone you know may be suffering from depression, look for these characteristics:
-loss of energy
-change in appetite or weight
-general disinterest in life
-self hate or low self esteem
-aches & pains
-irritability, grumpiness, angry demeanour
-affected sleep patterns
-a feeling that there is no hope
While there are many different types of depression and these are a generalization, say something should you see these resonating in someone you know. Also know that there’s a big difference between someone suffering from depression and when a person is simply going through a case of the blues. It happens to all of us from time to time. Nonetheless, your outreach could be the difference in their life, so chat with them about how they’re feeling lately.
Find out more about what’s being done in the way of suicide prevention here.