Treatment for people dealing with depression

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)– According to a new report, Tennessee’s suicide rate and the raw number of deaths rose sharply in 2015.

A new report issued by the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network states suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people.

Counselors say they are seeing teens seek treatment for depression.

“There is so much more in their heads. There is things that they have to be. Teens aren’t as childlike as they used to be there is a lot that they have to deal with. There is a lot more struggles that they have daily,” said Jason Reich, a therapist with Integrative Medicine Associates.

Reich says there is now more awareness about depression.

“I think overall, over the last few decades there has been a big increase in people realizing they need help and there is a lot of support for counseling now, especially among younger people,” Reich said.

Intake Clinicians at Mental Health Cooperative say there is still a lot of stigma.

“I see people on a daily basis who are afraid of seeking treatment and what that means for them. And does this make me crazy, no it doesn’t make you crazy. It means you are a person, you are having a human experience and you are dealing with something,” said Amber Dennison, an intake clinician with Mental Health Cooperative.

If someone is concerned a friend or family member might have suicidal thoughts, there are signs to look for.

“Just kind of pay attention to some of the different warning signs of suicide. And what that can look like is, you notice someone is withdrawing,” Dennison said.

Counselors urge people to seek treatment if they think they need it.

“Getting some help, getting some professional help and definitely not staying quiet about it. Speaking up. I think that is one of the things that has changed over the years,” Reich said.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. People can also Text “TN” to 741741 to the Crisis Text Line .

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