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Finding hope in the middle of depression

By: Jerry
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On this World Suicide Prevention Day, we wanted to re-share this insightful interview we had with licensed mental health professional and "Hope Spreader" Dwight Bain, following the sudden tragedies of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.
In addition, we wanted to share this new video for the song "God Only Knows" from for King & Country that we hope can help bring awareness to this epidemic. Please pass this along to someone who may need to know how much they are loved.
For many women, owning a “Kate Spade” handbag was a symbol of “you’ve made it.” She was a fashion industry leader and a role model for women with big dreams.  Sadly, on June 5, 2018 she took her own life, leaving behind a 13 year-old daughter.  We’ve heard when celebrities commit suicide, the suicide rate GOES UP briefly. It gives people permission to do it themselves.   

But, we want you to know –THERE IS HOPE!

And, if you are struggling RIGHT NOW, if you are having those thoughts of darkness, we want to surround you with light!  Licensed mental health counselor Dwight Bain has some great resources and spreads hope. He says, “If you talk through it - you can get through it!”   ~Blanca

Our friend Dwight Bain, a professional mental health counselor shared a lot of wisdom with us on this podcast and he gives us some signs to look for that someone is dealing with depression.  Find those below.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/) lists three areas that elevate the risk of suicide: HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT, HISTORY.


Health factors

Mental health conditions

Substance abuse disorders

Alcohol abuse disorders

Serious or chronic health conditions

Chronic pain

Limited access to healthcare

Sleeping difficulties


Environmental factors

Stressful life events including death, divorce, or separation or job loss

Prolonged stress factors including harassment, bullying, relationship problems

Financial or school difficulties

Access to lethal means including firearms and drugs

Exposure to suicide in the media or community


Historical factors

Previous suicide attempts

Family history of suicide attempts

History of self-harm

Recent hospitalization

Cultural beliefs that support suicide

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The Foundation indicates warn suicide may be imminent in these three areas: TALK, BEHAVIOR, MOOD.



Being a burden to others

Feeling trapped

Talking about feeling hopeless and helpless

Experiencing unbearable pain

Expressing there's no reason to live

Poor problem solving



Increased use of alcohol or drugs

Accessing lethal means

Acting recklessly

Withdrawing from activities

Isolating from family and friends

Sleeping too much or too little

Visiting or calling people to say goodbye

Giving away prized possessions

Hopelessness about the future

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Loss of interest







Sudden sense of peacefulness


How to get help

If you or a loved one experiences any risk factors, reach out to a mental health professional for help or call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you find support 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-5322


If warning signs are present in you or a loved one it's vital to get immediate care.

Calling 911 or going to the nearest hospital emergency room can be life-saving.


Worldwide, more people die from suicide than all the deaths caused by accidents, natural disasters, wars and homicides around the world, combined. Eight out of ten people suicide give some sign of their intentions. With knowledge and prevention, we can help those struggling with suicidal thinking find treatment, hope, and healing. 

Source: https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/

Dwight Bain on Suicide