You aren’t alone,

and there are ways to feel better.

Every day we do things to take care of our physical health like eating right, exercising or taking vitamins. Emotional health is just as important and there are actions we can take to protect our mind and improve how we feel. If you have a physical pain or irritation, you go to a doctor to try and fix the situation before things get more serious. So if you or someone you know is struggling emotionally with anxiety, depression, or hopelessness, it’s important to reach out for help before things get worse. Unaddressed emotional health issues can lead to tragic outcomes like substance abuse or suicide. 

Below you’ll find a list of warning signs of emotional health issues and suicide. If you are worried about yourself or a friend, don’t ignore that instinct. Take the first step of talking to someone you trust about how you’re feeling, reaching out to your doctor or a therapist, or texting HOME to 741741 (or calling 1-800-273-8255) for a free conversation with a trained counselor 24/7. 

 

Warning Signs:

Here are some common signs of emotional issues or conditions like depression:

  • Depression or apathy that interferes with obligations or participating in social activities
  • Lack of coping skills around day-to-day problems or extreme reactions to certain situations
  • Extreme highs, referred to as mania, that may include rushed thoughts, bursts of energy, sleeplessness and compulsive behavior (like excessive spending or promiscuous sexual behavior)
  • Severe anxiety or stress
  • Constant feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs

Here are some warning signs of suicide:

  • Hopelessness
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, or seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling trapped or like there’s no way out
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Expressing no reason for living or no sense of purpose in life
  • Prior suicide attempts

 

If you notice these signs in yourself or someone you know, take action now. Visit a doctor or therapist, or have a conversation about your concerns with someone you trust. In the US, you can text HOME to 741741 for a confidential chat with a trained counselor anytime. You can also call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 24/7 to get support for yourself or for a friend.