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What is "I Am the Difference?"
On this website, you will find ideas of things to do when you feel down, depressed, hopeless, or suicidal. You will find ideas for how to help your friend who is struggling, too.

But sometimes trying these activities just isn't enough and you need more support. The D.C. Department of Mental Health runs a free, confidential, supportive hotline for people who are feeling so down that they need to talk to someone 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can call that number 24 hours a day/7 days a week to talk to someone about your problems or your friend’s problems or to get connected to a mental health counselor.

Why should we talk about suicide in D.C.? Is that really a problem? If you are reading this website, you probably know someone or are yourself struggling with thoughts of suicide and depression. It is much more common than you think. Some studies have found that 12% of D.C. high school students have made a suicide attempt at some point in their lives! And 25% of D.C. youth report that they have felt depressed for two weeks or more. This program developed out of a desire to help youth in D.C. to cope better with feeling stressed out, hopeless, angry or depressed.

"I am the difference." Sometimes it can be hard to tell others how bad you are feeling. But you need to in order to feel better. You can make a difference for yourself by being strong enough to know when you need help and ask for it. You can be the difference for a friend who is struggling, too, by getting them the help they need.

The D.C. Department of Mental Health works with programs all around D.C. to make sure that you can get help for any mental health problem – depression, anxiety, abuse, anger, etc. Call for a referral, 888-7WE-HELP (793-4357).

Sometimes we just need someone to listen to our problems to feel better