National Suicide Prevention Month & Awareness About Smiling Depression

National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month long I have been reading about this tragedy that takes people’s lives. In the past people were ashamed or embarassed to talk about their mental health. However, we have seen and read about Olympians having mental health issues and courageously talking about their struggle; and our  veterans, and first responders struggling with thoughts and acts of suicide.

Become Educated About Smiling Depression

When I learned about Smiling Depression it seems to be a type of depression that people are not educated about. I had never hear of Smiling Depression. As an educator, I felt is was important to write about. It is difficult to detect when somone has smiling depression. However, this following article Warning Signs of Smiling Depression can be helpful.


When individuals take their lives and people are shocked to learn that the person took his or her life, that is because others did not see any of the “normal” signs of depression. The individual who died was probably wearing a mask and suffering from Smiling Depression.

Symptoms of Smiling Depression

The following article outlines 7 ways to ease the symptom of Smiling Depression. We read and learn about our veterans and first responders taking their lives, every day.  I wonder if they were suffering from Smiling Depression?

Difficult to Recognize

Smiling Depression is difficult to recognize and diagnose. However if you are educated about suicide you can help yourself or your loved one. Many people who suffer from chronic illnesses, such at Type One and Type Two Diabetes, Arthritis, Autoimune, Heart Disease, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary  (COPD) diseases, often become depressed and can suffer from Smiling Depression.

How to Get Help

If you feel you or someone you love is suffering Smiling Deprssion you can get help from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to prevent suicide.The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professional

Final Thought

Our society is finally learning to be more aware of mental illness. It no longer is shameful or embarassing. Be watchful about Depression, Smiling Depression, and Suicide every month, as part of your health care plan for yourself and others.


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