Mission Statement:

The Davis Project was created to help educate others about depression awareness through our website, photography portraits and testimony. The goal is to give people a tool to help themselves when it comes to prevention and support.  It is important to increase awareness of depression while making health a priority. Our hope is that people will continue to be strong in the fight of this illness and the stigma that surrounds it. We want to put a face on this illness to let others know that there is life while dealing with depression.

DEPRESSION:  a mood disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty with thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal thoughts or an attempt to commit suicide.

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SUICIDE

 

Suicide, or ending one's own life, is a tragic event with strong emotional repercussions for its survivors and for families of its victims. More than 45,000 people in the U.S. killed themselves in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making it the 10th leading cause of death overall. Although many suicide prevention programs focus on helping teenagers, the highest number of suicides in the U.S. in 2016 occurred among people ages 45 to 54. Men are especially at risk, with a suicide rate approximately four times higher than that of women. There are also major disparities amongst ethnic and racial groups, with American Indian and Alaskan Natives being the highest risk groups.

Suicide warning signs or suicidal thoughts include:

  • Talking about suicide — for example, making statements such as "I'm going to kill myself," "I wish I were dead" or "I wish I hadn't been born"

  • Getting the means to take your own life, such as buying a gun or stockpiling pills

  • Withdrawing from social contact and wanting to be left alone

  • Having mood swings, such as being emotionally high one day and deeply discouraged the next

  • Being preoccupied with death, dying or violence

  • Feeling trapped or hopeless about a situation

  • Increasing use of alcohol or drugs

  • Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns

  • Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly

  • Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order when there's no other logical explanation for doing this

  • Saying goodbye to people as if they won't be seen again

  • Developing personality changes or being severely anxious or agitated, particularly when experiencing some of the warning signs listed above

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Phone Number

1-800-273-8255

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The Davis Project is expanding and we need your help. Do you have story to tell? Are you or do you know someone that is battling this illness? We would love to hear from you.

-Aaron Davis