Depression Is No Laughing Matter

by Dana on September 7, 2011

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My intention with the Words to Sweat by blog has always been to provide fun and interesting health and fitness information and to add some humor to getting and staying in shape whenever possible.

The recent suicide of a prominent member of the social media community* reminded me, however, that there is also a time for serious discussions with ourselves and with those around us.

So, let’s talk about Depression.

And yes, that’s a capital “D,” because when it takes a stranglehold, the light that we typically see in our friends and loved ones can be gone in an instant and sometimes, like last weekend’s tragic event, gone forever.

As daylight hours start to fade and the whirlwind of the different holidays takes over, this time is especially tough for many people and they can fall into a mild or even severe depression, so it’s important to familiarize ourselves and understand more about the signs and symptoms of depression.

If you have questions or concerns about yourself or someone you know and need more information, I recently learned about Psych Central which offers a whole host of resources about depression and is a good place to start.

There is also the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that is available 24/7 – a literal lifeline for those in need or for those who fear someone they know needs help. Wondering who should call the lifeline? The following recommendations are taken directly from the site:

  • Anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal.
  • Family and friends who are concerned about a loved one.
  • Anyone interested in mental health treatment and service referrals.

No one should lose themselves or someone they love to depression and the only way to get help is to know what to look for and where to go should the need become apparent.

If there are websites or resources you would like to add, please leave a comment below to share your thoughts.

*I am purposely not linking to news or posts of last weekend’s event because that’s not the purpose of this post and the family and friends of this person should be given privacy in such a difficult time. This event deeply saddened me and is relevant to why this post was written, however, so that is why it is mentioned.

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