What to do if you are struggling with depression.
Like everybody, we were deeply saddened to hear that Chester Bennington had taken his own life.
Too often, people are too scared to admit when they are struggling emotionally and with their mental health. They worry about prejudice and judgment which stops people from seeking the help they need.
If you have a headache you wouldn’t worry about what people may think if you told them about it. Mental illness is exactly that, an illness and you should think about it the same way you would think about a physical illness.
Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that the theory of germs was unknown and physical health wasn’t taken too seriously. Our understanding and approach to mental health is improving massively and is something we should take as seriously as physical health and we are getting there.
Remember, it’s ok to not to feel ok.
There are a lot of things you can do to help yourself feel better, such as regular exercise, getting a good night’s sleep and a healthy diet. You could also try things such as meditation, breathing exercises or reading self-help books.
However, the most important thing of all is to talk to somebody about it. Especially, if you can’t seem to get yourself to feel better.
Whatever you are going through, you don’t have to go through it alone. There is hope, there is help, and there is happiness ahead.
In addition to family, friends if things seem heavy talk to your doctor or a counselor. Here are some additional resources of places you can turn to talk:
Suicide Prevention Hotline
Samaritans 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (212) 673-3000
Crisis Text Line
24/7 Nationwide crisis-intervention text message hotline.
Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Confidential suicide prevention help. 24-hour online chat service
For support in your country, find resources at http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html