It’s Suicide Prevention Awareness month. Mental health should be discussed openly. No one should feel shame because they experience depression and anxiety.
I’d like to share my story. When I was 7 years old, I had my first thought of suicide. My family and I were in Washington DC and we were on top of the Capitol building and I thought about jumping off. It wasn’t until high school when I took a psychology class that I learned what I had. It was called Major Depression. I’ve been to counselors and therapists but they have not been able to fix me.
Since then, I’ve had bouts of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. As I’ve gotten older, my suicidal thoughts have been more intense, but I don’t think I’ll ever go through it.
If you’re ever feeling sad, anxious, or lonely, just know that you are not alone. Please reach out and talk to someone, whether it be a friend, parent, or counselor. You are loved.