With the passing of soul legend Don Cornelius today, many speculate what prompted him to take his own life. Depression does not always lead to suicide, but often times it does. Do you know if you or someone you know is suicidal? Read on for the warning signs and how to get help.

Suicideis a sad thing, but what's even sadder is the stigma that is attached to what typically causes it, depression. If depression is treated, most sufferers can grow from it to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives. Often times people assume that someone suffering from depression is just "sad" or "emotional", but depression is a serious problem that can be fatal if left untreated.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know is depressed or suicidal, look for the following signs:

  • 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
  • Withdrawal from family, and/or friends
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will
  • Saying things like "it would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
  • Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
  • Talking about suicide or killing one's self
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye

Please be especially concerned if suicide has been attempted previosly. Also know that not all individuals display warning signs.

There's help and hope!

Please call the National Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273-8255