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Experts: Depression Very Treatable, How to Spot Suicidal Behavior
DAYTON -- It is hard to believe Robin Williams was so deeply depressed that he took his own life, but there are warning signs you can identify.
"It isn't something that goes away. It's that dark hole in your heart where you feel like you can't fill it," said Holly Cavaliero whose brother Joseph committed suicide in 1997.
A year later, she started working at the Suicide Prevention Center. Volunteers are there 24 hours a day and in that time, they average about 10 calls.
"Some people cry when they first start. And you can feel that, or hear that sense of relief. And their tone becomes more upward because I got if off my chest and at least somebody heard me."
She says this peer to peer counseling is all about listening. Sometimes they'll turn people on to professionals, if they ask for it. Dr. Bruce Kline has treated plenty of people on the brink.
"What would the world be like without me? should I continue? Is what I'm doing worth the value and effort of the pain I'm going through," Dr. Kline said.
Dr. Kline says through medication and therapy people do get better. A lot better.
"Depression is the most treatable today than it ever has been. There is no reason for people to suffer if they can go out and get help. The first thing to do is a call a professional," Dr. Kline explained.
Holly says she wishes her brother had sought help, so now she ensures she's on the other end of the line, just in case.
"We're there, 4:00 in the morning to answer a call because somebody's felling really down and needs somebody to talk to."
If you know someone who's struggling, watch for statements like "I wouldn't be missed" or the "World would be a better place" and things along those lines.
Also experts say if people begin to give things away (especially valuable items); any drastic shifts in mood - especially a sudden better outlook - can signify the person's made up their mind and are at peace with a suicidal plan in place.
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