Monday, September 1, 2014

Depression Reach out for help from a counselor, pastor or friend

Schrock wants anyone feeling depressed to reach out for help.
Posted on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

The winter months can be very cold and dreary. Persons with depression can be affected by the lack of sunlight and find themselves feeling even more despondent. If you find yourself in this situation you could potentially turn to drugs or alcohol to lift your mood. Unfortunately, this could easily progress to thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Suicidal thoughts or urges are red flags that you are in trouble. Even though you may feel apathetic, this is the time to reach out for help from a counselor, pastor or friend. You may feel that you are totally alone and no one cares, but trust me, someone does. Staying isolated and alone could very well worsen things in your life.

In Elkhart County, we had 15 deaths by suicide in 2012. This number is down from 2011, when we had 23, but we must remain vigilant. If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, please fight becoming one of these statistics. You can call 211 for crisis resources or 911 if you need immediate help.

Depression can get better with medication and counseling to help change your thoughts and feelings towards yourself and the world. It takes courage to open up and trust someone else, but in the end it can be well worth the effort.

Katharine Schrock

Elkhart County Suicide Prevention Coalition

 This undated image posted on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a Syrian opposition group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter from the Islamic State group, armed with a knife and an automatic weapon, next to captured Syrian army soldiers and officers, following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. A U.N. commission accused the extremist Islamic State organization of committing crimes against humanity as pictures emerged of the extremists' bloody takeover of the air base.

Posted at 4:00 p.m.
 A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun.

Posted on Aug. 31, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
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