Speaking up can save lives

Published 11:36 am Tuesday, March 27, 2018


In today’s society, when it comes to mental illness or bouts with depression, the discussion seems to disappear. Millions of people regardless of age are currently or have experienced their battles with depression as well as mental illness. I’m Ryan Smith and I’m no stranger to dealing with depression. Personally, I have dealt with depression for many years. Definitely there were good days and bad days, and for me it was more tough ones than good. Of course there are many symptoms as well as different mental disorders: Bipolar, Autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Dyslexia, Parkinson’s disease and Schizophrenia are just a few of many that have affected millions of people. People who have also dealt with depression have also dealt with many other factors: bereavement, neglect, mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse and unequal parental treatment of siblings can contribute to depression in adulthood. Dealing with either mental illness or depression doesn’t mean you’re alone.

Use your voice to help others as well as talk to people who truly love and care for your well-being as a person. Your impact could be saving the person’s life. It’s always good to talk to others about what you have or (are) currently going through. Of course the process for many isn’t easy because it wasn’t for myself either. Once you take that first step of faith, everything else will be just fine.

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Ryan Smith