For some, the Christmas season is the happiest time of the year.
For others who are dealing with loss or depression, it can be the most difficult time of the year.
Carla Burbidge reports.
C.J. Andrist experienced what that no parent should ever have to deal with.
His 19 year old step-son committed suicide in 2012.
C.J deals with that loss everyday, as he talks to Dr. Bob Edwards, an expert in suicide and prevention.
(C.J. Andrist, Minot Resident) "He never said he would kill himself, but he had said I want to die, never did we think he would do it."
There's a high rate of suicide for people aged 15-to-24.
It is the second leading cause of adolescent death.
In Minot, the suicide rate for all ages is well above the national average.
Dr. Bob says now until the end of January is a dangerous time due to the holidays.
(Dr. Bob Edwards, Upward Living) "Make sure there's a lot of family around , tell yourself you are not alone."
C.J. says he and his wife are slowly getting to the point where they can remember the good times with their son.
They have a strong faith, but it is still a long road.
(C.J. Andrist, Minot Resident) "Better than six months ago, time helps."
Dr. Bob says depression is nothing to be ashamed off, it affects two of every 10 people.
A key to preventing suicide is to watch and listen to the people around you.
(Dr. Bob Edwards, Upward Living) "If they are not acting how they normally act, ask about suicide."
(C.J. Andrist, Minot Resident) "Take what people say seriously and get them help."
For KX News I'm Carla Burbidge.