- Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S among people 15-44
- Depression ranks among the top 3 workplace issues in the U.S, along with family crisis and stress.
- 2/3 of people with depression do not actively seek nor receive proper treatment.
- 80% of those treated for depression show an improvement in symptoms within 4-6 weeks of seeing treatment.
- We lose about as many people to suicide each year as we do to breast cancer.
- There is one death by suicide every 12 min in the U.S
I was compelled to write a little about depression after reading the recent story about Fashion Designer Kate Spade who hung herself in her bedroom because she was suffering from depression. Even though she was well known, well loved and had a whole lot of money......none of that mattered because deep down inside she was hurting really bad.
What was she so hurt about? I don't know but it had to be something she was dealing with for a while, or maybe not. See, I'm no professional about this but what I do know is that depression is REAL.
We all have been through some trying times in our lives. Some of us can handle our situations better then others. There are some people who feel like they have no one to talk to and there are some people who would rather not talk to anyone, many of them don't want to bother someone else with their problems.
Please know that if you are feeling unhappy in life about any situation, there is always someone to talk to that can really help you. Please don't ever feel alone. Please know you can seek help from a professional who will NEVER judge you or someone you know personally! There is always a way to make your life feel better.
You are not alone, you are special! If I can ever be of any help to lend a ear or helping hand, please reach out to me but PLEASE reach out to someone. You deserve to be happy and I know in life there will be phases of being happy and then unhappy....it happens to me...but you have to be strong and you have to know that better days are ahead.
Kate Spade left behind her husband and her 13 year old daughter whom my heart breaks for. Her daughter does not deserve this pain.
Whatever your going through, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 anytime, any day. Please know that YOUR life matters! xoxoxo Mo.