We go through life facing one hurdle after another, some are much bigger than others. Often times we don't see how strong we really are in the midst of storms. It takes a toll on us and those who suffer from depression are often left to deal with most issues on their own.
What most, not all, don't realize is a majority of the people who suffer from chronic depression are people just like celebrities who have committed suicide. They make others smile, they do whatever they can to make someone else's life easier or better and the entire time they are dying inside. They know how to fake a smile or act as if nothing is bothering them.
By looking at them, you wouldn't be able to tell, unless you see them daily or truly know them, that they are suffering.
As a survivor, I can tell you that at that moment in time the only thing you can think is "this is the only way I can get rid of this pain." It was the only clear thought in my mind.
You aren't thinking of how it'll affect someone else, who you'll leave behind or the pain you are transferring to those who love you.
There are times when reaching out is harder than the depression because there is such a stigma on mental illness. So we internalize it, we hide it and we find ways to escape due to fear we will be made fun of, categorized as dramatic or not taken seriously. Nine times out of ten those who attempt never say a word but then there is that one that talks about it or tells you they are going to do it and they actually attempt or you find out they have taken their life.
Don't discount the words of someone you love just because you "think" they aren't serious or they are being dramatic. There are way too many suicides each year and it's about time that mental illness is taken seriously. It's time for people to stop being so quick to judge, stop categorizing people as crazy or dramatic, stop discounting the words your loved ones or strangers say and start showing compassion and reaching out to those who are trying to reach out to you.
It's time for people to realize that mental illness is just as serious as AIDS, cancer, etc. What goes on inside a persons mind controls a lot of their life. It can diminish a person health very quickly and often times it controls every aspect of their life. There's not enough help or coverage for mental health issues. Those who suffer aren't able to get the proper treatment 99% of the time because their insurance won't cover it. On top of that, getting the medication you need is just as much as a struggle. Something needs to change.
Life isn't all bubbles and rainbows, we all face hard times. So check up on the ones you love, send them a text or a card or make a phone call and let them know how important they are. I know we all are busy with our own lives and our own problems but ultimately being there for someone else could save their life.
We are here for just a short amount of time. Being the light for someone else could make all the difference in the world. Just because a person seems strong doesn't mean they don't need anyone. They say it takes a village to raise a child, in a sense the same is true for adults. We weren't made to carry the weight of the world alone.
Be there for someone you love, show them that you love them and you just might be able to help them see that they are still very much needed in this world.
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