I Know I Need HelpSuicideI Know I Need Help<div class="ExternalClass7478A90035B443368F372C5236FA52C1">​<span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;">I'm depressed beyond imagination, and yet I keep moving because I know I have things to do, but I want to kill myself often.... I really think I have a mental illness and I know I need help. </span><br></p></div></div><div class="ExternalClassA724EE4A1E3C476C9B83A4737BCEFEC0"><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">Thanks for writing in. Although we know that you are really struggling with depression, it is good to know that you realize there are more things in life you want to do. Ending your life would not allow you to do so, and truly it is not a fix. There are so many other options. Depression can be debilitating, so do not struggle alone with it. Maybe you are right and you have simply not had a diagnosis yet, or maybe something other than a chemical imbalance is causing it.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">Sometimes just feeling overwhelmed with life in general can cause you to feel like things will never change and you'll never be able to keep up with things. Sometimes a traumatic event sets it off. Whatever the case, you might not always feel like this, and there is help out there.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">Who knows about this besides the hotline? Please tell a parent, but do not just say "feeling sad" or "I don't feel right". Show them this email. They need to know the seriousness of your thoughts. Sometimes adults hear what you are saying, but think it might be a phase or this is just hormones, but suicidal thoughts are not normal thoughts to have. There is no shame in getting some mental health help or at least meeting with a doctor to discuss what you are feeling. Sometimes it is just a matter of developing some healthy coping skills and other times a medication or combination with counseling makes it much more manageable, so please speak out.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">If you ever thought you would act on your suicidal thoughts, call in immediately as this would be way too serious to discuss over an email ok. A crisis counselor would be more than happy to talk to you.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">Laura, Crisis Counselor</span></p></div>16

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