September has officially named the National Suicide Prevention month; this makes an important reminder to look out for signs of depression within yourself and among your loved ones, as well as your capacity to make a positive impact on a local and global scale.
Over the last several weeks, Social Media has been flooded with the hashtag #faceofdepression, with giving awareness to the thousands of people around the world.
There aren’t necessarily visible glaring red flags or outward displays of ‘sadness’ when someone is suffering from this untreated and undiagnosed disorder. Also, many people appear they are happier and overjoyed with their lives to the outside when truly they are not feeling well inside. Often, those in anguish prefer to hide their true emotions by bearing all the pain inside and suffer alone so as not to burden their loved with their grief.
A recent video posted by Chester
Linking park singer Bennington’s widow hours before his suicide is the best example of the lengths people go to hide their pain. Don’t take everything at ‘face’ value. If you think or know someone is struggling inside or acting weird help them by asking hard questions before it’s too late. Make them comfortable make them feel you are there for them whatever the stake is.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 if you or someone you know needs urgent help. Call 1-800-273-8255 or go to their
official website to live chat with a counsellor. ( H/T)
You can’t tell can you? You can’t tell by the look in my eyes or the sound of my voice even. You’re thinking “You’re smiling though!” Yes. Yes, I am smiling. I smiled for you. I smiled so I don’t make you feel bad. I don’t want you to feel like I do. I also don’t want you to feel like there is something you can do to make me “feel better”. There isn’t anything anyone can do. I have to work through it on my own. The worst part is that this bout snuck up on me. I recognize the familiarity of it all though. Empty Lonely Heavy Tired So tired Everything is loud Everything is annoying I have no patience I want to be left alone I want to stay in bed I don’t want to work out I want to eat everything without cooking anything The best part is that I haven’t felt like this in a very long time AND that I recognize it for what is. I’m the one who bakes and does crafts. You see that on the outside but you don’t see the darkness inside. For those that are also suffering….PLEASE SEEK HELP. Treatment is different for each person. Do what is best for you. I’m doing what works for me while I get back to Monique. So for now – I smile, and let people know I’m struggling. ©Monique Holley-Peak
My daughter as well. The night before she ended up in the hospital they went to the daddy-daughter dance and had an amazing time. Thankfully she’s still alive today and learning to beat her illness. She was 8 at the time. ©Rayna Gawel
This is my son, right before going to his computer to look up how to properly hang himself. Two days later he followed through. ©Tasha Bernstein Collins
This is depression in our home. I tried to hang myself in my attic when the board broke and I broke thru the ceiling alerting my family. I fight every day. My husband tries his best but can’t break through. I don’t understand it. I don’t know why I can’t get rid of it. I have a wonderful family. I feel selfish, lost, sick and angry at myself. My brain has always been a little scrambled and I’ve fought just to make it thru school, I can’t keep a job. I can’t stay in task long enough or I take too long. I leave before I get fired. It’s hard to feel worthless and I hate feeling like a burden to my family. I have so much pain inside. I’m in therapy I have meds. All I know is even though I feel like suicide would make life easier for my family, I also feel like if I could just get my head fixed and could be someone worthy, I really would like to stay around. I have been trying for so long I don’t know if it’s gonna happen for me. Today I am here. We will see how tomorrow goes tomorrow. I take it day for day and sometimes hour by hour. Sometimes I think If I can get through one more hour I’ll go to bed and I’ll sleep til tomorrow and see how it goes. Today has been ok. I’m trying to find something good today to give hope for tomorrow. Today I try. ©Zoe Vanmeter
My #faceofdepression and yes it is possible to be depressed with a child. Hearing, “You don’t have a reason to be depressed with her around” doesn’t do shit but make me feel worse about myself Being told, “All you need is exercise and a good diet” just makes me want to throat punch you even though you’re coming from a good place Depression keeps you from doing things you want to do because it’s literally a chemical imbalance in your brain. ©Brittany Schroeder
This is my boyfriend two weeks before hanging himself. Will never understand it… ©Agnieszka Ostrowska
This is what depression looked like not long before we lost our beloved Luke. Depression is a SERIOUS illness. Don’t dismiss people who are hurting. ©Lisa Althoff
Bipolar disorder here,(with a heavy emphasis on the depression side)…I get up, put on a full face of makeup, wear a fun dress, all while struggling with depression, anxiety and sometimes suicidal thoughts.. ©Stephanie Malanowski- Martin
Currently at the doctor seeking help, most have no idea what I’m going through and that I cry in the shower or in the car on my way home from work or can’t sleep at night because of panic attacks ©Amy Kramer
Major Depression & PPD here. 3 weeks pp with #2 & going to the doctor is helping. Most times I feel like I’m drowning but last couple of days it’s been easier. Sometimes just talking about it can be cathartic. PLEASE seek help if you need it. It’s not failure. Sometimes you just need a little more time to get your shit together and that’s ok, because being a functional parent is hard fucking work. ©Codi Natelli
For now, It’s just me.
Hemal Randeniya, striving to become great at the job! Wants bigger things in life. Loves when inner kid takes command. Finds passion in writing contents.