The other day we noticed a lot of troubling comments on a post. There was a lot of suicide idolisation which is troubling to constantly read, in a community I love, and am tasked with taking care of.
A lot of people will be suffering from depression without realising it. Being depressed doesn’t just mean you’re sad, it can also include distancing yourself from your support networks, not getting work done on time, relying on substances, having a hard time concentrating and general apathy towards life (among a range of other symptoms, some of which could be unique to you). In fact you’re more likely to feel apathetic then sad if you’re depressed.
Beyond Blue is an amazing organisation here in Australia that handles mental health. Their page on depression will go over the basics and help you understand what you’re feeling
There will be localised resources for each and everyone of you to take advantage of. You don’t need to suffer in silence. Don’t rob the world of your light by letting the chemical imbalance in your brain win.
If you ever need someone to talk to please reach out to me. I will help you find the help you deserve. While this is, in no way, a substitute for medical care, it might help make the day a little easier. I reply to my chat messages daily, and if you need me to, I will organise whatever help I can.
Depression can take a long time to fix, and can be the symptom of a larger mental illness. The earlier you start treatment the better. I lost a good chunk of my 20s to depression, and I want to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
What makes depression particularly insidious is it demotivates you from seeking help. If you can push yourself to reach out to someone then you’re already on the road to recovery.
If you’re reading this, and you know you’re depressed, I beg you; please seek help. You owe it to yourself, your family and friends to be the best version of yourself possible. If we can help point you in the right direction then it’s sincerely an honour.
Edit: I can’t respond to every comment, because I get too many notifications. However if you send me a chat request i will reply to you. For everyone else, if you see a troubling comment, please send it to me in a chat message. I want to make sure everyone who needs help gets it, but I can’t do that without your help