Help Someone Who is Depressed

This goes for all the people who think being depressed is just about being sad, who asks depressed people to snap out of it (like it’s easy to do), who says depression is nothing. Before commenting on this post or before pointing out any of your facts I suggest you to read this article.

Statistics:

Let’s talk about statistics first.

  • 300 million people around the world have depression, according to the World Health Organization
  • 16.2 million adults in the United States—equaling 6.7 percent of all adults in the country—have experienced a major depressive episode in the past year
  • 10.3 million U.S. adults experienced an episode that resulted in severe impairment in the past year
  • Nearly 50 percent of all people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder
  • It’s estimated that 15 percent of the adult population will experience depression at some point in their lifetime.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • It’s the 2nd leading cause of death among people ages 15-24.
  • 44,000 Americans die by suicide each year
  • 40 percent of all persons who complete suicide have made at least one previous attempt.

These statics are taken from the internet and these based on a survey done by the world health organization. After looking at these statistics what do you think? Don’t you think that saying “Depression is nothing” is stupid? Don’t you think it’s something serious than you imagined?

Living with Depression:

It’s not easy. These people give out their best to just to survive another day. They wake up in the morning (even though they want to lay down forever) and does the same things as a normal person would do. But the difference is, even taking another step is so hard for them, it’s killing them to even do the simplest tasks a normal person would do on daily basis. They are in a constant battle with themselves.

They feel like they don’t belong in this world, they want to escape the reality, they want to be alone, they want to let go of everything. Imagine having all these thoughts in your mind and still you have to continue with your life. Would that be easy for you? Can you snap out of it easily, as everyone else says?

And you might sometimes ask, what is the reason to be depressed? You know what, sometimes there isn’t a single reason for them to be depressed, they don’t even know why they feel what they feel. They don’t choose to be depressed, they don’t want to experience it or even they don’t want you to experience it as well. So before you judge them, try to understand what they are going through.

What you can do:

Do you know what these people need? They need someone to be there with them, true they might push you away but it doesn’t mean you can give up on them that easy. They have been through a lot, so it’s understandable if they push away even their family members. But if you try harder, and show them that you truly want to be there for them, they might even start talking to you about their problems. Always try to talk to them, even just listening to them means a lot to them. They just need a helping hand.

Don’t try to judge them by what they are going through or by the gender. The reason for male victims won’t open up because they think that they might get judged by their gender. More awareness about mental health should be done to educate our younger generations, so that we can prevent loosing innocent lives. They deserve a second chance.

If you feel like someone is about harm themselves, the best thing you can do is to contact the authorities and ask for help. Because if they are about to commit suicide or harm themselves let the professionals handle the situation. So that they can get the care they deserve at that time.

Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year and Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29 year olds.

– World Health Organization