'Do the opposite of what your depression is telling you to do'

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Robin Williams (2007 file photo)

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If you believe that a friend or family member is suicidal, call the Oregon Partnership’s Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK or (800) SUICIDE. They handle over 18,000 calls per year.

Suicide Warning Signs

  • Talking about suicide
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Seeking out lethal means
  • Preoccupation with death
  • No hope for the future
  • Self-loathing, self-hatred
  • Getting affairs in order
  • Saying goodbye
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Sudden sense of calm

 

EUGENE, Ore. - Chuck Craytor dedicates his life to counseling others on mental health.

It's a subject he knows all too well.

He struggled with depression for years.

In the wake of the suicide of actor Robin Williams, his wife said he had struggled with severe depression.

Williams isn't alone: 1 in 10 adults report depression, according to the CDC.

For Craytor, he said it was a lucky friendship that he says prevented him from letting depression get the best of him.

"I needed to meet him," Craytor said. "It was probably in 1994 that I was having lots of suicide thoughts."

Craytor said the thoughts started as being random, but the more he thought of them, the more of an option they became - until eventually it consumed him.

"What worked for me was to stop, to literally say to that voice to stop," he said.

It's a conversation with yourself, Craytor said, that you must steer in the right direction. The more you talk about suicide as an option, the more real it becomes.

Marriage and family counselor Jen Hart agrees that you can change the path you are on.

"What I tell my clients a lot of times is do the opposite of what your depression is telling you to do," she said. "If depression tells you to stay in bed, get out of bed."


Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

Eugene

Looking Glass 24 Hour Hotline
2485 Roosevelt Blvd
Eugene, OR 97402
(541) 689-3111

White Bird Clinic
541-687-4000
1-800-422-7558

Jennifer Baker Foundation
Darlene Baker
541-953-3734
darlene@jenniferbakerfund.org

Corvallis

Support After Suicide
LBCC Benton Center Conference Room
757 NW Polk Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330
Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time:
1st and 3rd Thursday 4:00 - 5:30pm
Counties Served: Linn, Benton, Polk, Marion
Esther Bain – Support After Suicide 541-760-2927
Lynn Bain – Support after Suicide 541-760-1875

Corvallis Community Outreach
(541) 758-3000

Benton County Mental Health
(541) 766-6844
1-888-232-7192

Roseburg
Douglas County Health and Human Services
541 440-3532

Coos County Mental Health
756-8601

Albany
Linn County Health Services
800-560-5535