Matt Calkins was in junior high when he first started feeling intense social anxiety.
"I remember I would go on high school debate trips and I wouldn't say a word for like three days until I was actually debating," he said, speaking with Bill Radke on KUOW's The Record.
When Calkins was in his early 20s the feelings of anxiety and depression turned to thoughts of suicide.
Now, in the wake of Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski's suicide, Calkins is writing about his experiences in The Seattle Times where he's a sports columnist. He tells Radke why he feels it's so important to speak out about your mental health.
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The Suicide Prevention Line says there are some warning signs that may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide. According to the site, if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs, seek help by calling the Lifeline:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Extreme mood swings