People—even strangers—have saved lives by being vigilant.
For more information on depression and suicide prevention, visit the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website (nih.gov).
Depression is common but that doesn’t mean it isn’t serious.
Treatment may be needed for someone to feel better.
For many people, the risks of untreated depression outweigh the side effects of antidepressant medications when they are used under a doctor’s careful supervision. Each offers different options on how to respond if you see concerning posts about suicide.
For example: Because help via these processes may be delayed, it is still important to call 911 if someone is posting suicidal messages or something disturbing on social media.
In several recent studies, teenage and young adult users who spend the most time on Instagram, Facebook and other platforms were shown to have a substantially (from 13 to 66 percent) higher rate of reported depression than those who spent the least time.
Does that mean that Instagram and Facebook are actually depression? But it’s worth a serious look at how social media could be affecting teenagers and young adults negatively.
Psychotherapy (sometimes called “talk therapy”) is a term for treatment techniques that can help you identify and manage troubling emotions, thoughts, and behavior.
Psychotherapy can take place in a one-on-one meeting with you and a licensed mental health professional.