I read the other day that death by suicide is one the leading causes of death in Montana. To be honest, I do not recall where I read this but it struck me kind of hard when I saw it.

Since moving to Billings almost a year and a half ago, I have had 3 people in my life cut their life short by this. One of those being right here in the Magic City.

I have seen depression first hand and know how serious it can be in one's life. If not taken care of it can lead to some very dramatic events.

Here are some things you should know from the National Institute Of Mental Health:

  • Depression is a real illness.
  • Depression affects people in different ways.
  • Depression is treatable.
  • If you have depression, you are not alone.

Being sad is only a part of depression. In fact, some people who suffer from depression don't feel sad at all. Here are some things you should look out for:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms

If you or someone you know is feeling these, please seek help. Don't let it get too far. There is help and there is hope. We care.

The National Suicide Hotline is 1 (800) 273-8255 if you need help.