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Depression The Silent Killer- Sawyer Sweeten and Others

Updated on April 25, 2015

Fox News Reported:

On April 24th Sweeten's older sister Madilyn released a statement confirming her brothers death:

"This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred. We are devastated to report that our beloved brother, son, and friend, Sawyer Sweeten, took his own life. He was weeks away from his 20th birthday. At this sensitive time, our family requests privacy and we beg of you to reach out to the ones you love."

Madilyn issued a challenge to the world stating: "At this time I would like to encourage everyone to reach out to the ones you love. Let them have no doubt of what they mean to you."

Sawyer Sweeten


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My mother always reminded me we only have this moment so make sure you are focused on what matters and remember that tomorrow is not promised. We must remember that and have compassion for one another. We live in an age of technology. People are obsessed with their i pads, cell phones, and every other device we use not to connect to the person next to us. In an age of the internet, most people would rather connect online than reaching out to the person next to them.

We live in an age where people identify your importance by your resources and what might benefit them. Gone are the friendships and family that loved you for you and made time to spend with you talking and enjoying the simple things in life.There are a few interactions pure in nature but hard to find. Suicide is no one's fault. It is the personal decision of the individual that chose to escape their pain in that manner. In this age of technology and our busy “on the go” lifestyles to take a moment to tell everyone you love that you care about them and why they are important to you.

Talk to your friends, be connected with family, and spend time with others when you see them hurting. No one knows the dept of someone's despair or the signs that reveal they need professional help until you communicate with that person. The challenge issued by Sawyer Sweeten's sister to tell people how you feel is a challenge we need to take seriously. It seem the suicide rate continues to climb and we, as the public, remain speechless when someone who appeared “okay” takes their life. We must as a society do a better job of being connected with one another to reduce tragedies such as this. While suicide is an individual choice and is no one's fault, we certainly can reach other to others in need of help. Take the time to stop by or call, be connected to those that you love or encounter because you never know what someone else is going through until you talk to them.

Depression has no type or particular face. You can appear to have everything but still suffer from depression. As a friend don't be afraid to talk to your friends/family and ask them the question: Hey, Are you okay? If you are concerned about that person don't allow them to dismiss your question with "I'm fine." Tell that person why you are concerned, create open dialogue, and even invite them to attend an event regarding depression if you need to sit side by side with them.

Web MD Depression Warning Signs

Here are some of the warning signs that someone may be thinking about or planning to commit suicide include:

  • Always talking or thinking about death

  • Clinical depression -- deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating -- that gets worse

  • Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights

  • Losing interest in things one used to care about

  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless

  • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will

  • Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy

Resources to help with Depression/Suicide:

Depression can lead to suicide. If you need help call Call 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) or the deaf hotline at 800-799-4889.

My suggestion if you are depressed or in extreme despair:

  • Identify with a higher power. Seek spiritual guidance. Religion allows you to identify our greater purpose for being here and it takes you outside of yourself.
  • Seek help if you know you are not yourself. Professionals are available to help you.
  • Moments are temporary so don't allow temporary despair to have a permanent part of your life. Sometimes we are up and sometimes we are down. Allow time to allow for recovery.
  • Remember the little things that are important in life, others. Volunteer your time to the less fortunate and you will be reminded your “overwhelming circumstances” may not be that bad.
  • If you get stressed out or sad with the world, take a moment to watch children play on the playground. They don't have a care in the world, all they have is love, endless opportunities, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. You can't help but delight in their joy while your spirits are lifted.
  • Talk to others, friends and family, so they can help you to get assistance. **Never believe as a friend alone you are able to save your friends/family, they need encouragement to seek prefessional help.

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