The Tragic Reality of Substance Abuse, Addiction and Depression: How to Notice the Warning Signs if Someone is Suicidal

The Tragic Reality of Substance Abuse, Addiction and Depression: How to Notice the Warning Signs if Someone is Suicidal

The life and death of Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst has brought to light the tragic reality of substance abuse, addiction and depression. Though she was outwardly successful, Miss USA 2019 battled with demons that many people don't understand. She was open about her struggles with addiction and depression, and even spoke about how suicide crossed her mind on more than one occasion. If you are struggling with any of these issues, please know that you are not alone. There is help available, and it is important to reach out for help before it's too late.

If you are worried about someone else, there are warning signs that you can look for. Here are a few of them:

-Talking about wanting to die or hurting themselves

-Looking for ways to kill themselves, such as buying a gun or taking pills

-Suddenly becoming happier and calmer after talking about being suicidal

-Talking a lot about death and dying

-Giving away prized possessions

-Withdrawing from friends and activities

-Showing rage, uncontrolled anger, or extreme irritability

-Losing interest in things they used to care about

If you see any of these signs, it is important to reach out for support if you need it.

If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

Are you ready to ask for help and start fighting your addiction today? You can request a confidential, free evaluation right now.