No matter how many people deny it, depression is real. As real as you and me. Just like any other disorder, you have to acknowledge and accept it to fight it. Invalidation only makes depression worse. How can anything be treated without assessment? To stop its victims from taking that final, irreversible step, we have to reach out to them NOW. That’s the only way we can 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? Let someone know of your mental state so that they can get you the help you need. You have nothing to hide because what you have is just an illness. You wouldn’t be ashamed if you had a weak heart, would you?
If you or someone you know has been struggling with it for a while, check out these effective steps to keep your friends and family safe. If you are feeling suicidal or unable to function, please do yourself a favor by seeking professional help.