*Trigger Warning* This post is about how a friend is there for their suicidal/ self-harming friend in a time of need. If you cannot handle these topics please find something else to read.
Having a good friend can help reduce depression, stress, anger, and bring so much joy into one’s life. Think about your best friend and all the amazing times you’ve shared. Friends become like family.
October 14, 2019 marked five years from when I slipped into psychosis, lost majority of my memory, and had to go back to one of the facilities I spent my teenage years in. So, for today’s blogging challenge I thought I’d share my experience along with some helpful advice to others who may have experienced this frightening event. As well help others find ways to help a loved one if they ever find themselves in this type of situation.
Depression is more than feeling sad or upset. Depression is smiling and feeling the weight of your world crashing in on you. It’s the feeling of not wanting to do anything or go anywhere. Everything you once loved to do becomes dull, boring, and not worth the time or effort. You know people care, but you still wonder if it’s worth continuing. Depression is an enormous, black hole, sucking everything you once cared about into its dark, cold void, and it’s almost impossible to escape. I know, I feel it almost every day. It’s easy for people to say you’re fine, you’ll get through this, or my personal favorite, “there is no excuse for you to be depressed.” Those with depression know this and believe me if we had the option to “turn it off,” we would. The truth is we’re not okay, we’re hurting, and we’re fighting every day to keep on living.
Writing is not as simple as many believe, writing is an art, a tool passed down for many generations. It has developed in so many ways. By combining words into structured sentences to help the reader imagine what the author is saying. Writing is a powerful tool that helps you see into the mind of someone else; it also is a form of communication and a way to record our history. At least that’s how I personally feel about writing. I believe writing is an amazing gift and I am beyond thankful for having the ability to read and write.