Depression Kills, by B.L. Acker, Contributor, The Mighty
People are struggling through life, feeling completely lost and alone, feeling like they have nobody to turn to, no one who understands. People are struggling in silence because we’ve made them too afraid to speak up. They’re afraid of being labeled or seen as weak, a danger to themselves or others or as a joke. We’ve told them too often to suck it up and reminded them that others have it worse rather than acknowledging and addressing their pain.
We need to stop treating mental illness like a dirty secret that we can’t talk about. Depression is killing people. Silence is killing people.