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The warning signs of depression and suicide in young adults


Young adult and teen suicide is the third leading cause of death for those between ages 10 and 24. The mental health community and advocates for young adults are working to bring awareness to this major issue. Providing suicide and depression treatment for young adults is a crucial element to making a positive change to this situation. It’s not just mental health professionals who can help, though – knowing the warning signs of depression and suicide, so that you know when to ask questions and when to encourage someone to get help, can lower the young adult and teen suicide rate.If a young adult is depressed or suicidal, knowing the warning signs can beneficial for those looking for help and can even save a life. Getting help is crucial. More than one out of every 10 people battling depression commits suicide.

Some of the symptoms of depression can include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
  • Loss of interest in old hobbies or activities
  • Insomnia and excessive sleeping
  • Persistent aches, pains, or headaches
  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Thoughts of suicide

The expression of suicidal thoughts or intentions should always be taken very, very seriously, especially in young adults.

Some symptoms of suicidal thoughts with depression can include:

  • Talking about death
  • Sudden mood changes (from very sad to calm)
  • Saying phrases like, “It would be better if I wasn't here”
  • Leaving possessions to loved ones or friends
  • Tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death
  • Expressing feelings of worthlessness

If someone expresses suicidal thoughts to you, call your local suicide hotline immediately. Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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