article I grew up in Macungie, a small town in southeastern Washington state, and in middle school my friends and I used to go to the Memorial Hall, a church where the funeral of a close friend was held.
A young girl would take me on a trip to the church’s basement.
We would spend the whole trip in a coffin.
And sometimes I would be in a coma.
I’d wake up, and I would remember the girl I loved.
I was not alone.
There are now over 1,500 people in the country who have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
“We just have this myth that this is just an unfortunate event,” says David Buell, a psychologist at the University of Maryland who specializes in trauma.
But he says the data suggests that this disorder may be an underlying factor in many suicides.
“The problem is, we can’t just say that people are going to be depressed,” he says.
“What we can say is that there’s an underlying condition.
And there’s this sense that this has to do with our mental health.”
As the epidemic of suicide grows, the stigma is growing too.
For years, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has been inundated with calls and emails from people with PTSD.
For the first time, the phone number of the hotline has been shortened from 800-273-TALK to 800-227-1222.
And the suicide prevention center at St. John’s Hospital in the United Kingdom has opened a hotline to help people with post-trauma stress disorder.
But the hotline’s message remains the same: Talk to someone and you can help someone who may be struggling.
“It’s not a problem that can be solved overnight,” says Dr. Robert DeYoung, the medical director at St John’s.
“You have to think about how to get help.”
Dr. DeYoung says there’s a way to help those who are experiencing depression without resorting to pills or other treatments.
“That’s a very good message,” he said.
“There are people who are in that position, who have a mental health condition and they’re not coping with it.”
But that message may not be enough.
According to the CDC, between 2005 and 2012, there were 1.6 million suicides in the U.S. In fact, it’s likely that about a third of all suicides in this country are committed by people who have been depressed, but who are unable to find help.
The National Institute on Mental Health says that about one in four suicide victims has been depressed at some point in their lives.
And many studies show that mental illness and depression are connected, with people who struggle with mental health issues having a higher likelihood of suicide.
So how do we help those suffering from depression?
Here’s a look at some of the approaches some mental health professionals say can help: Talk therapy, for those who have experienced a mental illness It’s true that talking therapy is often the first step to dealing with a mental disorder.
It can also help, says Dr