Actor Owen Wilson Puts Depression on Stage, Prevalent Health Concern Demands Attention

Wilson's Pain Felt by Many; Coach Devlyn Steele Offers Tools to Change Negative Thoughts & Behavior

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - August 29, 2007) -

SUMMARY: 38-year-old actor Owen Wilson is known for starring in some of the biggest blockbuster movie hits of our time. But now this talented actor is known for something else: his cry for help in the form of an alleged suicide attempt. Conducting interviews on this tender topic is Personal Self-Help Coach Devlyn Steele, creator of self-help community, who says the star's alleged recent attempt can be used to shine a light on a significant public health problem that faces our society today.

Consider that suicide resides among the top ten causes of death in the United States and is a leading cause of death worldwide. The numbers are staggering -- 10.9 suicide deaths per 100,000 people. However, these numbers are misgiving. Researchers believe for every one suicide, 10-25 attempted suicides occur.

Regardless of why many others reach a point where their thoughts overwhelm them with despair, not having the tools to change those thoughts leads a person to lose hope. Research shows that cognitive therapy can reduce the chance of a person repeating a suicide attempt by more than 50 percent. Previous suicide attempts are the strongest indicator for someone at risk, to which cognitive therapy gives the individual alternative actions to consider in lieu of self-harm. With proper guidance, people can learn how to avoid letting negative thoughts and emotions dominate their outlook and behavior.

Coach Steele offers warning signals that could indicate behavior leading towards a possible suicide attempt:

1.   Talking about death or suicide
2.   Obsessing about wills and life insurance
3.   Isolating and not enjoying things one usually enjoys
4.   Giving special things away
5.   Feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless
6.   Using drugs or alcohol
7.   Changes in sleep patterns, sleeping all the time, tired, or insomnia
8.   No appetite or overeating
9.   Moodiness like being angry, frustrated or crying a lot
10.  Loss of focus and difficulty concentrating
WHO: Life Coach Devlyn Steele has worked with many clients suffering from depression or at risk of suicide, and has dedicated his life to giving people the tools to learn how to change thoughts and behavior. Using the Internet, combined with social media and a self-help program based on cognitive therapy, individuals are learning how to change all areas of their lives.

WHEN: Coach Steele is available immediately to offer your listeners advice on what risk factors to look for in your family and friends, methods to help someone exhibiting these symptoms, and how to inspire them to use Owen Wilson's example as a wake-up call. Medical expertise can make a world of difference, and programs such as Coach Steele's own can offer more insight about changing thoughts and behavior.

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