Just like any other disorder, depression needs to be acknowledged and accepted to be fought. Invalidation only makes it worse. To stop its victims from taking that final, irreversible step, we have to reach out to them NOW. Help them while we still can.
PS This post is a tribute to Chester Bennington. Although I am not a hardcore fan, it breaks my heart that someone who saved millions could not be saved himself. We all let him slip through the cracks. The best way to pay tribute is not to let it happen again.
To all the depressed people reading this, please know that you are not alone. You matter, and you will make it through. Just don’t fight the war all by yourself, okay?