Hang in There

Everyone is fighting a battle. Some have a tougher battle than others. But the good news is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not a train. With time, anti-depressants, cognitive therapy, support of family and friends, there is hope.

As a matter of fact, according to the National Association of Mental Illness, 1 in 5 North Americans suffer from depression. The numbers are substantial, however, the good news is that anti-depressants are effective 85% of the time. Approximately 60% of people respond favorably to them within a 2 month period.

It’s hard to have patience but it is a neccesity to heal. I ran a support group for 10 years and experienced a lot of positive outcomes. However, there were some sad stories as well. One member of our group hanged himself in his garage. Another called me and said he had a knife in his hand and was going to stab himself. I kept him on the phone until I got to his house and took the knife.

The reason I share my stories of depression is in the hopes of helping others. There is nothing to be afraid of. We have to fight the stigma and the more we talk about this phenomen, the better off the world will be. The other ohphenomenon that converns me is homelessness. The vast majority of homeless people suffer from mental illness. The next time you see a homeless person, stop, look them in the eyes and treat them like an equal. I give every homeless person I see a $20 bill. Some people say they will use it to buy drugs or alcohol. Not my concern. Give to give and never judge.

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