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If you or someone you know is suffering from depression or having suicidal thoughts, help is available.

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While you may feel sorry for those who are bullied, you may not know how to help. Here are some ways you can be more than a bystander.

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From Stopbullying.gov:

While you may feel sorry for those who are bullied, you may not know how to help. Here are some ways you can be more than a bystander.

How to Identify a Gambling Addiction

For many people, buying lottery tickets, betting on horses, playing cards for money or feeding slot machines is nothing more than a fun pastime.

But for some people, gambling games can become an uncontrollable and necessary part of life. In these cases, the need to gamble can turn into an addiction known clinically as pathological gambling. The key to overcoming gambling addiction is to identify the problem and find help.

Recognize the symptoms

You might have a gambling problem if you have the following symptoms:

  • You gamble because you’re bored or alone.
  • You constantly think about gambling, and you want to play to win money.
  • You want to gamble more, and you dedicate more time to gambling than anything else in your life.
  • You spend most of your money, and you have trouble paying your bills.
  • You feel guilty after gambling, but you don’t stop doing it.
  • You lie to your friends about your habit because you feel embarrassed by it.
  • Gambling interferes with your work, and it causes problems with family and friends.  

Look for help

If not treated, a gambling addiction can lead to anxiety, stress and depression.

If you think you have a problem, reach out to a trusted family member or friend, and seek help from a therapist. You can also attend recovery programs that offer group sessions or individual treatment.

There are nonprofit organizations that specialize in helping people with their gambling problem. Gamblers Anonymous and the National Council on Problem Gambling are good resources and have hotlines all over the United States. If you need immediate help, you can call the national hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-522-4700.

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Find Help During National Suicide Prevention Week

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, which helps raise awareness of the resources available to those who are feeling anxiety and depression that could lead to suicide.

Some warning signs of suicide can include:

  • Talking about being a burden to others

  • Intense mood swings

  • Withdrawing from their normal routine

  • Behaving unlike themselves, sometimes recklessly

  • A rise in their drug or alcohol use

National and local events are being held throughout the week including ribbon awareness day, a live Twitter chat today and many other opportunities to get involved and help your loved ones.

Join the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for a Twitter chat today at 2 p.m. ET. Dr. Lisa Horowitz, a senior clinician on the Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service in NIMH’s Office of the Clinical Director, will be chatting live. She developed a suicide screening tool that emergency department doctors and nurses can use to detect youth at risk for attempting suicide.

To join the chat, follow along on Twitter @MIMHgov and use the #NIMHchats hashtag.

If you or someone you know has talked about suicide or is thinking about committing suicide and needs help please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Get Help in Difficult Financial Times

If times are tough for you and your family, we can help connect you with the tools and information you need to get back on your feet.

We’re launching “Help for Difficult Financial Times" today, and for the next five weeks, we will highlight government resources with a focus on jobs, housing, credit, family, and health that you can use to make your life easier.

Examples of highlighted information include

  • how to apply for unemployment benefits and food stamps
  • where to get credit counseling
  • how to avoid foreclosure
  • where to find free or low-cost care.

You can sign up to receive these helpful resources directly in your inbox a few times each week. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get daily tips or to ask a question.

See what free government resources are available to help you get back on your feet.

You can also find this information in Spanish at GobiernoUSA.gov.