Awareness, support can help battle depression, mental illness

Tessa Morhardt, Editor in Chief

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Those who live with depression and similar mental illnesses know first-hand the daily routine.

Every day you wake up, struggle to get out of bed to face another long day ahead.

You finally get up and get ready. The doctor said everything would feel better if you eat your breakfast and take your medication. You make your way to work or school. Even though you go through the motions, you just feel like you don’t belong anymore, and you just need a way out. You end up shutting off your emotions and just putting on a fake smile just so you’re able to get through the day and no one asks how you’re doing.

The day comes to an end. You make your way back home, and on your drive back home you listen to your sad music playlist just so you can feel something again.

You begin to cry just like the night before. You fall asleep. You dream. You wake up. You start the same process all over again.

Life is a precious gift. It’s important to remember who you are and how far you have come in life.  Things might be hard right now, but I promise you are able to make it through anything. 

Surround yourself with people who will support you and be there for you. Find those who you are able to connect with.

You will be OK, and if you don’t feel OK, summon the courage to find help because someone out there cares about you, and wants to help you beat this.

Mental illness is a disease. It’s an illness that takes lives every day. 

Spreading awareness will help.  Showing support will help. Be kind and understanding. Stay patient for the ones who are still trying to find their way to a better life.

Resources can be found at Madison College. Check out Support Services within Campus Life at madisoncollege.edu. There are also resources in the community, including the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. 

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