“Wake up. Listen to the silent cries. The woman too emotional or the guy who just got fired.”

The following video was created by a young poet. Her poetry eloquently describes what it’s like to be young and depressed. And it cries out what a young person wants and needs from you.

“It’s not that I don’t want to be happy. It’s that no matter how hard I try to be happy, I can’t bring myself to be happy.”

Help spread the message that it’s okay to tell someone you’re depressed. Help spread the message to youth that they are not at fault for feeling depressed. Tell someone young who is depressed that you will listen without judgement. That you will stand with that person against the darkness.

“I tell them it cannot be solved by meditation or yoga. It’s a disease that affects every aspect of my life.”

If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts please tell someone. Reach out. Seek help.

Stay safe and know that you are not alone. 

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  (http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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