"The Waiting Period" is a play about a dark period in Brian Copeland's life when he decided to buy a gun to kill himself. Below are warning signs of depressions and suicide hotline numbers.

IF YOU GO

What: The Waiting Period

When: Shows through Sept. 29

Where: The Marsh, 1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco

Information: 415 826-5750

Warning signs of depression

Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings

Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism

Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness

Irritability, restlessness

Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex

Fatigue and decreased energy

Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping

Overeating, or appetite loss

Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.

East Bay Suicide hotline numbers

Alameda County: 1-800-309-2131

Contra Costa County: 1-800-833-2900

Santa Clara County: 1-855-278-4204

San Mateo County: 1-650-368-6655

Source: National Institute of Mental Health