Depression is a very difficult illness to cope with.
In too many instances, people try to hide their feelings from even their closest friends and family. And far too often, they succeed in hiding this.
It is too easy to act the part of the life and soul of the party, make everyone believe that you are fine, and pretend to the world that nothing is stressing you at all.
But, hiding those feelings often doesn’t help the person. Opening up to someone about these feelings can help in more ways than can be imagined.
It is sometimes hard to open up though. Thinking that you will upset other people, that you will just be a problem for them, that your sadness is only for you to deal with by yourself, these are all common reasons for holding back and letting these feelings fester inside you.
When you are young and feeling depressed, it can be even harder. Sometimes, you don’t understand yourself why you are sad. You have a full life, friends, family, but you cannot lift that low mood inside you, which slowly eats away at you, making you feel useless, lonely, unwanted, unloved, a waste of time and space.
Too often, these feelings lead a person into that dark road that leads to suicide.
When you get to that point, it is often too late to ask for help, to tell someone how you feel. You feel like you are doing other people a favour, that they will be better off without you around. In most cases, this is totally untrue.
If one person out there in the blog world reads this and realises that they are depressed, or that they need help, then I have done a little bit for the world.
Death is difficult for anyone.
To cope with someone taking their own life, is far harder to everyone that is left behind.
Please be a shoulder to those around you, listen to them and offer to help. Sometimes just the offer can make someone open up.
Above all, remember that life is precious. No matter how down you feel, you matter to someone, somewhere.
Don’t give up, there is always a better day around the corner xxxx