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      Noticing the signs of suicide

      Talking about problems may help relieve some of the burden created by stress.

      COLUMBIA, SC (WACH)- The apparent suicide of Tom Sponseller has brought up a subject that many find difficult to talk about.

      Hundreds who gathered for a candlelight vigil in Columbia last week for the former CEO of the SC Hospitality Association, said they didn't notice anything out of the ordinary in the weeks before his disappearance.

      ??Not all times is suicide something that can be seen or prevented, sometimes signs are so subtle or so slim that even by a professional counselor they??re almost impossible to notice,?? said Steve Arneson, a licensed counseling professional.

      The Midlands counselor also pointed out that people under extreme stress are not always thinking clearly.

      "It's not an act of being a coward to commit suicide," said Arneson. "It has a lot to do with the agony of emotional pain and stresses that one's going under."

      Arneson suggests seeking professional help if you are feeling extreme depression. Talking about problems may help relieve some of the burden created by stress.