A Life Worth Living


Many people think depression is about personality or character flaws, but that is not true. Depression is a medical illness created by a chemical-imbalance in the brain that can cause a person to view the world and themselves differently. They may lose hope and feel trapped due to an imbalance of serotonin and norepinephrine.  

Albeit evolving cultural norms and education, depression remains a taboo subject because people fear that they might be seen as weak or crazy. If you or someone you know suffers from a mental illness, the best thing you can do is educate yourself, be there for them and be empathic.

We are also here to tell you that if you have suffered from depressive symptoms, such as: anxiety, hopelessness, mood swings, sadness, sleep disturbances, lack of concentration, weight changes and/or thoughts of suicide, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. An estimated 350 million other people know how you feel (WHO).

A suicide attempt is a cry for help that should never be ignored. Oftentimes, people have suffered through depressive symptoms for a long time before deciding to commit suicide. And many times, they have suffered in silence. Do not try to hide your symptoms! Reach out and talk to someone. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, or just needs someone to talk to, please call 2-1-1 to speak to a HELPline counselor. For more information on counseling services, please contact our Family Counseling Services Division at (305)740-8998. Please help us help you: your life is worth living.

 

References

http://www.save.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewpage&page_id=705c8cb8-9321-f1bd-867e811b1b404c94

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/basics/symptoms/con-20032977