You can’t help but admire people who have been through hell carrying buckets of water for those still consumed by the fire.
That thought came to mind as I watched members of the Giving Voice to Depression Facebook community page rally to support three members who recently suffered heartbreaking events. One just lost her husband to a heart attack, the son of another attempted suicide and is hospitalized, and the only child and only brother of a third were both murdered this month.
Of course a loss does not have to be recent to be painful. And no doubt many other members are dealing with their own struggles– on top of depression.
AND YET… in less than 24 hours, more than 300* people posted hearts and supportive comments, promises of prayers, and reassurance that dark time at least lighten if not pass. When was the last time 300 people rallied to support you during a loss? I’m guessing never if you’re anything like me. But that’s what we can all do for each other. No matter where in the world we might be, no matter where we stand on any political issue, no matter what holiday we are celebrating this time of year, we all understand pain and loss and loneliness and fear. And we all want to know that someone is out there. Someone who understands. Someone who has been there, or close enough to “there,” to have some credibility when they offer hope and reassurance. This last year, since starting the Giving Voice to Depression project, has not been without low points. There are times we wonder if it is “worth” the full-time effort it entails. Today we are not wondering. Blessings to you all. May 2018 be a year of light, and support and mental health. May you know in your heart that we are all in this boat together. And that we will not let it sink. Happy New Year. And thank you for being here. And for being you. Terry, Bridget, and the entire Giving Voice to Depression Board/team. (*Day 2 update, the number is now 400)