September is the month of National Suicide Prevention, and for the past several weeks, social media platforms have become flooded by empowering survival stories.
A new hashtag in Instagram #faceofdepression adds a significant layer of depth to the general conversation, and this topic is something that we shouldn’t ignore.
Many people suffering from depression commit suicide. But even their loved ones or friends failed to notice the signs. Are there any visible signs? How does a depressed person look like? What kind of thoughts do they have?
Most of us would probably imagine a person crumpling up on a bathroom floor. But in reality, people who are struggling with mental health problems hide it in their daily lives. They can look just like any other person you’d see every day.
One of the most heartfelt contributions to the campaign is the video shared by Talinda Bentley, widow of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington. It showed him smiling and laughing just 36 hours before he took his own life.
This shows that people shouldn’t take everything at face value as it is difficult to recognize someone with a mental health issue. If you or someone you know is experiencing such problems, do not hesitate to talk to someone or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can visit their website to live chat with a counselor or call 1-800-273-8255 for urgent help.
What’s your take on this? Let us know in the comments section below! If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 or visit the official website of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.