This post was the outcome of a writing class offered by WordPress. I am sharing it because we should all be discussing depression and suicide instead of hiding behind some nebulous debate about normal versus not normal behaviors and states of mind. If you have ever been depressed–as many of us had at one time or another, or will be at some future point–heed the lessons of this beautiful piece. If you know or think you know someone who is depressed, be a person they can talk to, and help them find the phone numbers of suicide hot-lines.
To the people who took the time to read and say embarrassingly kind things about this post, thank you.
To the people who shared their own stories of struggle and loss: I’m so sorry.
To the people who are worried about themselves or someone they know, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US and Canada) is at 1-800-273-8255. Use it.