Today is the Day…Depression
Have you ever felt so sad and unhappy that you couldn’t get out of bed? Have you ever felt like you lost all of you energy, were not interested in anything anymore or just were in a dark place with no clear way out of it? Maybe you felt depressed and kept going to school or work but never felt happy about it. These are some of the ways that people live with depression. Research consistently shows a strong link between suicide and depression which is why SAVE wants you to talk to your doctor about how you are feeling, so that you can learn more about symptoms, treatment, why depression occurs and more. Just like cancer or diabetes, depression is a disease, but the good news is that depression is treatable and can be managed so that you can get back to living the life that you want to.
Not sure how to start the conversation? Below are a few suggestions you can use with your doctor:
- “I am having a hard time and have been feeling depressed.”
- “Recently I have seem to have no energy, I’m not sleeping very well and have difficulty concentrating.”
- “The other day I saw a commercial for an antidepressant and was wondering, do I need to be on these?”
Today is the Day…Anxiety
Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, and uneasiness. It can cause physical feelings such as nausea, stomach upset, dizziness, dry mouth and tension. Everyone experiences stress and anxiety at some point in their lives. Anxiety is normal when faced with difficult or stressful situations. If you’re struggling with feeling anxious, tense or on-edge, reach out. Help is available.
Not sure who to talk about your anxiety or what to say? Here are some ways to talk to a friend and start the conversation.
- “I feel like my anxiety is out of control lately and my body is on high alert. There are times I feel tense, restless and nervous about it.”
- “Lately I have been feeling really anxious,. Has that ever happened to you? What did you do when you were filled with anxiety?”
- “I feel like I can’t sit still, I can’t concentrate and I’m on edge. I was going to call my doctor about it but I don’t want to look like I can’t handle normal stress. What do you think I should do?
Today is the day…Suicide
Suicide does not have one single cause. There are many things that increase someone’s risk of suicide and there are things that help protect against suicide. We also know there are warning signs of suicide that while not everyone exhibits, many do and can help alert us that someone might be at risk of suicide.
If you’re struggling, reach out. SAVE is here to help and others in your life can too.
Not sure where to start this conversation? Talking to your boss might not seem like the best idea to some people, but the truth is that employers can often be a good place to start. They can listen, help you with benefits and referrals for help, and look at ways to help you cope with your work stress while focusing on your mental health.
- “Things haven’t been going so well for me lately and I am worried about where my head is at.”
- “My stress level is off the charts and I feel like the team would be better off without me.”
- “Does our company offer any type of help to those that are depressed?”
When you talk about your thoughts and your feelings it helps. Make today be the day you talk to someone. Tell them what’s going on, what you are thinking, and how you feel. It could save your life.
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