Leading Experts On Depression Say That This Website Can Save Lives.

Well, they did not exactly say that, but what they did say could lead you to that conclusion. Let me explain.

Suicide is a leading cause of death. In the USA suicide is the 11th cause of death with approxiately 31,000 successful suicides each year. There are between 500,000 and 750,000 attempts each year. For men, suicide is the 8th cause of death. Among those 15 to 24 years old, suicide is the 3rd cause of death.

The number one contributer to suicide is untreated depression, according to Mark Scofield, a licensed clinical social worker with St. Mary’s Psychiatric Center Outpatient Clinic and chairman of the Mesa County Suicide Prevention Coalition in Colorado.

Teaching teens about depression, suicide, and how to cope with strong painful emotions is one solution to this problem. In fact, Scofield believes that teaching children about these important topics should begin before the teenage years, when children are 10 and 11 years old.

He points out that talking about strong feelings and suicidal thoughts can reduce their intensity. By doing so the probability of suicide is also reduced.

Kay Jamison, a professor of psychiatry at John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland and a leading expert on bipolar disorder and suicide, also believes that education can reduce suicide deaths.

According to Dr. Jamison, parents need to learn about the symptoms of depression. They need to know that depression is very treatable and that although suicide is common, it is avoidable. And they need to talk to their children about these subjects in a straightforward manner.

Some primary schools teach students about depression, suicide, and psychotherapy. Dr. Jamison believes that this is a good idea which may save the lives of the children and others.

So how can this Website help save lives? By providing you with information about depression and how you can help depression. This information can help you and your children. If you have children or teens, you can talk to them about what you read here.

To learn more about what you can do to cope with and overcome depression read through the different articles in this site with a pen in hand. When you read something that you find interesting, helpful, or hopeful, write it down. Put what you read into action. Be sure to talk to your children about what you learn.

To learn more about how you can help depression click here.

Source: Winterholter, Ann. At least one in 17 has had thoughts of suicide. March 14, 2005, The Daily Sentinel. www.gjsentinel.com/hp/content/news/stories/2005/03/14/3_14_Suicide_at_risk; SMITH, GRAEME. Teaching primary kids about depression 'could cut suicides.' March 14,2005.Teaching primary kids about depression ‘could cut suicides’ www.theherald.co.uk/news/35140.html