I wanted to make a quick note, and say thank you. Thank you to everyone that had a supportive comment. Everyone that shared my story. Everyone that shared a story. So many stories. I never imagined that, by sharing my experience, so many people would allow me to be privy to their lives. Many of them secrets that they had carried for years. Through messages, and text, and email.
I won’t talk about the stories I was told, but you should know this: we are not alone. None of us are alone in this. We believe the lies that Depression tells us, that we are alone and that no one cares. That we are a burden to others, that we don’t deserve the love that others offer. We talk ourselves out of hope and joy. We are not alone.
So, I encourage all of you to reach out. See a doctor, tell a friend, find a support group. Do something. And don’t believe the lies.
You are not alone.
Ps- a couple links you might find helpful:
- National Sicide Prevention Lifeline 1(800)273-8255 Website
These two cartoons by Hyperbole and a Half really help to explain to others how it can feel:
- Hyperbole and a Half – Adventures In Depression, Part 1
- Hyperbole and a Half – Adventures In Depression, Part 2