- Evan Schwantner took his life in 2010 at age 20
- He was living with depression, his family said
- His sister, Erin Schwantner, is devoted to raising awareness about the warning signs
- Got a personal essay to share? Post it on iReport
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Erin Schwantner, a public relations professional in Seattle, first shared her brother's story on CNN iReport. She runs a blog, 4 The Love of Evan, to bring meaning to his life and educate others about the warning signs of suicide.
(CNN)"Funny, happy people do not kill themselves. It doesn't make sense."
If you're considering suicide, there are people who can help.
The trained counselors at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are available 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
If you suspect that someone may be at risk:
1. Do not leave the person alone.
2. Remove any ﬁrearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
3. Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
4. Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.
Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For more tips and warning signs, click here.