According to a 2004 Rand Corporation report, depression results in more absenteeism than almost any other physical disorder and costs employers more than US$51 billion per year in absenteeism and lost productivity.
First of all, if you are currently having suicidal ideations please immediately call:
This is the National Hopeline and you will be connected to a trained counselor in your local area that can help you.
There are many sources of online suicide help and information. The newest source for online suicide help is www.preventsuicide.net The Preventing Suicide National Journal was started three years ago, and was the nation’s first suicide prevention journal aimed at advocates, and other concerned people who wanted to take action to prevent suicide in their own communities. Since the summer of 2002, over 15 issues have been published with the latest in best practices, technology applications for crisis intervention, legislative initiatives, grant opportunities, and the latest findings in the research field.
The first online suicide help version of the Preventing Suicide National Journal was published in July of 2005. Once again, the National Hopeline broke ground with the very first interactive online suicide help journal. The inaugural on-line edition started off with more of the same and a complete review of the recent three year study of the National Hopeline Network and how effective crisis intervention is when the best practices we know are followed.
With the online suicide help edition, you simply click on a hyperlink and it will take you to the research, full text, or source of additional information the writer used in researching the article. The online suicide help version is even better as you do not have to wait a full month-two months for listing but can get them in real time as they are updates weekly or in the case of major news worthy items the next day.
Suicide is a serious risk for people with unipolar or bipolar disorder. By learning more about suicide, you’ll be taking an active step in understanding more about your illness. With www.preventsuicide.net, you will have immediate access to all of the online suicide help resources. The caretakers of a loved one wanting to die, also need access to online suicide help. You need to acknowledge the person’s feelings and thoughts without being judgmental. Offer reassurance and remind that person that there are many resources for treatment; online suicide help, The National Hopeline Network at 1-800-SUICIDE( 1-800-784-2433), the American Association of Suicidology, http://www.suicidology.org/
and the National Mental Health Association, http://www.nmha.org/
Remember, please don’t ever give up hope. You have not tried everything. On August 1, 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration( FDA) approved vagus nerve stimulation therapy as an adjunctive treatment for chronic depression. If you doctor thinks that you should consider vagus nerve stimulation for your condition, you should educate yourself about this remarkable therapy. It is a 90-minute out-patient procedure and is not related to ECT or brain surgery. For the immediate future, you should be aware of all the online suicide help that is readily available to you.
You can learn more about vagus nerve stimulation at www.VagusNerveStimulator.com
Charles Donovan was a patient in the FDA investigational trial of vagus nerve stimulation as a treatment for chronic or recurrent treatment-resistant depression. He was implanted with the vagus nerve stimulator in April of 2001. He chronicles his journey from the grips of depression thanks to vagus nerve stimulation therapy in his book:
Out of the Black Hole: The Patient's Guide to Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Depression
The book was exhibited at the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting in late May. It is available on his web site, 24 hours a day/7 days a week through the toll free number 1-888-VAGUS-88, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. He is founder of the http://www.VagusNerveStimulator.com Web Site.