If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that this week is National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 6-12, 2015) and today is World Suicide Prevention Day. And although most people know me as a friendly, upbeat and happy person, what you may not know is that depression and suicidal thoughts affected me at one point in time.I was afraid to admit it, at first. Ashamed because this was the first time in my 35 years of life that I was depressed. I’ve always been a pretty upbeat, happy person. But I knew that not verbalizing my thoughts and talking to someone, my depression would have only gotten worse. My mental state at the time definitely put a strain on my relationship, which didn’t survive. But thankfully with the support of my family, good friends and MAJOR prayer, I was able to work through my depression and keep going. And thankfully I am here today. Able to write these words.
It’s hard to know what to say to someone sometimes when they are depressed. But it’s important to start the conversation.
So my motivational posts are not only for you, but also for me. We all have bad days and sometimes bad weeks, but how we face those hardships is what really counts. Surviving only makes YOU and ME stronger. We learn how to deal with the adversities and are able to encourage others. We see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I never want to be in the situation I was earlier this year that got me depressed, which is why I am working so hard every day to get closer to my dreams. Although I can’t predict the future, I can control my mindset and my outlook.
Here’s some great resources regarding suicide and mental illness:
Take the Pledge to stamp out the stigma surrounding mental illness.
There’s also another chat today called 12 Hours of Hope, so if you want to get involved, here’s the details.
“Most people have no choice but to evolve through struggle. So it’s good if we accept this and we embrace struggle as your greatest teacher.”