If you have been reading my blog you probably know that depression and suicide are very important topics to me. So many people struggle with depression and/or suicidal thoughts and inclinations. Depression is something that so many people never find a way out of. It's a scary thing because you never know what the breaking point is going to be. You never know when you're going to give in to the thoughts and give up. Sometimes depression is so debilitating that you think giving up is the only answer, but it's not. There is hope. Hope is real.
Robin Williams no longer saw the hope. It's an awful and horribly sad thing. It does however teach us a valuable lesson. No matter who you are, what you've done and where you're at in your life depression can affect anyone. Depression is not prejudice and it's not something that there's an easy answer to. Everyone deals with it differently. Unfortunately, people can be great pretenders... happy on the outside and dying on the inside. Some people deal with depression and never tell a single soul about it. Don't let this be your story. Don't feel like you have to sit in silence. Don't bottle everything up until it's too much and you need to explode. It can be an intimidating thing to open up about it and maybe there's no one in your life you want to talk to about it. Call the suicide hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE.
If you know someone struggling with depression... take the time to listen to them. Sometimes all a person needs is someone to listen. Not to give advice or criticize, but to listen. If you know someone who is suicidal or you are having suicidal thoughts... call 911 or the suicide hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE.
A great resource of encouragement is To Write Love on Her Arms. It's an organization that strives to help people in need who are dealing with these issues. Here is their latest blog post: Still Some Time. It is beautifully written and a great message to anyone feeling depressed or suicidal. This organization is an excellent source for anyone wanting to find ways to help or who needs some kind of encouragement.
This is the TWLOHA vision statement from their website:
Never forget that you are loved... You may not see it and you may not feel it, but you are loved beyond measure. It may not make sense to you now and you may not want to understand, but there is someone who can love you more than any human being on this planet. There is someone we can lean on when things are darkest. God loves you and we can find hope in Him.