Derrick and Jess have been dating for a while and are about to graduate and pursue their dreams of becoming actors. Derrick gives her an interesting parting gift - does it raise a red flag?
Giving away prized possessions is a warning sign that someone is considering committing suicide.
Derrick is relaxed about making concrete plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting. While some people might find making plans after graduation overwhelming, and may put it off as a result, Derrick's complacency is a warning sign. People who are contemplating suicide might stop planning for their futures.
Being vague about making plans can be a sign of depression. It might become difficult for you to get a peer to commit to making plans with you if he or she is depressed. Be inviting but casual when making plans, and reach out to an adult if you are worried about them.
Jess mentions to Derrick that everyone in town loves him, and he appears to have an upbeat personality. Even people who appear bubbly and extroverted can suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts. This makes it even more important to be able to recognize other signs of depression.