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BATON ROUGE - As the holidays near many families will celebrate in a traditional way, but for some those celebrations and joy can exacerbate the pain felt through depression.

Experts at the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center say people who are already experiencing a problem with depression can hurt even more without the proper help.

They say it's important to watch for warning signs of someone contemplating suicide.

"Look for signs like isolation. If the person is sleeping, less or more. Are they eating more or less than normal? Are they anxious? Are they depressed? Have they been saying things that might allude to the fact that they may be thinking about completing suicide?" said Sarah Backstrom, a clinical supervisor at the crisis center.

Backstrom recommends anyone who knows someone who is showing the signs, to contact the 24-hour hotline at 225-924-3900 or visit their website for more ways to chat with someone who can help.

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