Advice on stopping suicide

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DENVER -- Becca Emme says her depression drove her to attempt suicide.

Her depression had become so severe, no one could break through, not even loved ones.

"I poured the whole bottle of Xanax into my hand and I had this overwhelming urge to take them to me it's not really a conscious choice,”

With medication, Becca was able to pull out of her depression and today works with the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention program in Westminster  to help others who are struggling.

She joins volunteers from organizations across Colorado who want to spread the word that help is available.

J.C. Cox's  teenaged son John committed suicide in 2002.

“It's hard to pick up on those warning signs," said Cox about the range of emotions that parents go through.  "When you don't pick up on them, it sure hurts.”

Cox works with the Second Wind Fund in Lakewood to raise awareness in order to help other parents.

He said parents should learn as much as they can about the red flags that can warn that something is wrong.

“The warning signs are if they feel like they're a burden and dangerous behavior," Cox said. "Just seek help. It's not that hard pick up a telephone and call.”

If you are struggling with depression or have thoughts of suicide call 911.

If you or someone you know needs help you can also seek help from the  Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  For more information visit   http://yellowribbon.org/

Families can learn about local resources through the Second Wind Fund, visit  http://www.thesecondwindfund.org/.   Visit these website if you also want to donate or volunteer to help those in need.