I didn’t care to hear about what was the right thing to do, what were the right resources for me or what I needed to do at the very moment. What mattered most was how people around me made me feel. Till now, I don’t think I remember what was said to me by the people around me. But I always remember how someone has made me feel at the lowest point in my life. We should not dismiss our feelings, our emotions.
In depression, our emotional brain overrides our logical brain.
So while logically, someone with depression may need additional mental health resources and while logically, someone with depression should seek help and while logically, someone with depression should not think of ending his or her life, depression itself blinds one from seeing his or her logical way out.
If we need to find ways to help them, it’s not just talking about pouring more money in mental health resources, or making sure we have the right expertise to deal with their conditions – these are all important parts of the solution but the most important part is that:
We all need to give a dose of compassion to everyone around us.
This is because you never know who is suffering silently in this condition; you never know whose brain is being overriden by the emotional side; and you never know your random act of kindness may have just saved the day for someone who is severely battling depression.
So there is something we can all do to address this stigma of depression, care about those around you, show them they matter and express kindness to those least expected from you.
We have a responsibility to help each other in our community. It starts with opening your heart to care about those around you.
This is my post on World Suicide Prevention Day.