Life can equate to riding a roller coaster as we all ride roller coasters differently. Some scream, some put their hands in the air, and others sit emotionless. Regardless of how we ride, we all experience the roller coaster going up and down, twisting and turning. High speed drops that truly defy whether we can stand the challenges at any given moment. And when we are finally able to catch our breath, we become filled with overwhelming emotions.
It has been said that sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to rise again. But hitting rock bottom can flirt with depression, which is entirely a new ballgame. It’s dark. It’s cold. There is an imbalance. When you are depressed, there doesn’t appear to be a higher ground or an end in sight. Some may consider themselves depressed while others are clinically diagnosed. Regardless of the how factor, depression is real. It’s not always visible and it’s not widely spoken about.
I’ve known individuals who have taken their own lives because they believed their pain was too great. I’ve read about celebrities doing the same, not comprehending how they possibility could be hurting given their fame and wealth. So many questions with unknown answers.
The emotional pain may be too great to mend quickly. But, with the right support, anything is possible. There are resources available to assist those in need how to overcome depression and ultimately lead to better lives.
Together, we can help those affected directly or indirectly by depression. Pass along our strength. Provide opportunities that were available previously. Teach how to rise up after each time they get knocked down. Show them all that life has to offer so they can enjoy many more great moments and happiness down the road. While there may be setbacks along the way, together we can make a difference.
Speak up if you or someone you know is depressed. As painful as it may be to watch or listen, we must help them fight their battles. No one is here to judge. No one has to go through depression alone.
Break the silence and “keep those feet moving.”