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This from Mental Health America of Texas.
“Shania becomes depressed and has thoughts of suicide after being bullied and going off her medication. She gets help from her sister, Sydney, her mother, counseling and love and help from her family. Her true story emphasizes that help is available and help works for depression and suicide prevention.”
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 273-8255
You can help prevent suicide in your community by knowing how to ask about suicide, and knowing where to get help. Download the free suicide prevention iPhone App today, ASK ! Search under suicide prevention in App Store to get the ASK! about suicide App to save a life with warning signs, how to ask and hotlines.
Merily Keller, Texas Suicide Prevention Council — TexasSuicidePrevention.org
Mary Ellen Nudd, Mental Health America of Texas — Mhatexas.org
Creative Direction: Casey McPherson, Davis Niendorff — Mhatexas.org
Director: Jason Marlow
Cinematographer: Todd Campbell
Music: Karl Snyder “Valentine’s Wisdom”
courtesy of Third Side Music
****Not all videos on the internet about suicide prevention promote healthy responses and safe behavior.**** These videos follow best practice guidelines as outlined by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Mental Health America of Texas. Read more…
Gruesome Depression: Did I or Didn’t I? Do I or Don’t I? | The Tales of a Stroke Patient | Joyce Hoffman
[Editor's note: This article is part of the series, The Tales of a Stroke Patient. You can access the other articles here.]
The 27-year-old analysis, including 28 studies of more than 300,000 people, determined there were 8,478 strokes. Depressed people were 45% more likely to experience any type of stroke than those who were not depressed. They were also at 55% increased risk for dying from that stroke.
We have Netflix, and it’s especially useful in the winter when there’s no point in taking a trek outside. I watched “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” last week, sort of knowing what it was about but not realizing the impact it would have on me. (Seriously, I should have known).
The 1980s film features Richard Dreyfuss as sculptor Ken Harrison, who became a quadriplegic after a car accident, and who’s hell-bent on the right to end his life. Also featured are Bob Balaban as a lawyer who helps Harrison achieve his wish for death by stopping the dialysis and being discharged, John Cassavetes as Dr. Emerson, who is determined to keep his patient alive even against Harrison’s wishes, and Christine Lahti as Clare Scott, a doctor who falls in love with Harrison. Read more…
In my day we didn’t spend a lot of money on medications to cure depression. We didn’t have Zoloft or Paxil. If we complained my mom pushed us outside and told us to get back on the horse. What she meant was, get over it. Never did find that damn horse.
If we started to whine, she would pour herself a glass of red and say, “You kids are driving me to drink. Don’t you listen to Bing Crosby? You know, ‘You gotta Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Latch on to the affirmative and don’t mess with Mr. In-Between.’ And, don’t get in his car either.”
We didn’t hospitalize people with depression. If someone in the family was acting funny, we locked them in the attic and we waved to them when we backed out of the driveway. And sometimes they even waved back and my mom would say, “See I told you. He’s fine.” We didn’t go to psychiatrists either. No one in his right mind would pay some stranger good money just to complain. We just talked out our troubles to our friends and if they didn’t listen, we talked to strangers.
Now don’t get me wrong, depression is really serious. Read more…