One of my clients commented to me how depression can be so isolating. And lonely. In the throes of depression, the mind and body can be immobilized. This can have the negative and unwanted side effect of alienating family, friends and co-workers. If you have someone in your life suffering from depression, it is important to attempt to stay connected. While people with depression often physically cut themselves off from others, in this digital age, there are ways to keep the ties.
While attempting to connect disabled clients suffering from psychiatric illnesses to resources and support groups I came across a website aptly called “The Mighty”. It contains inspiring real life stories from real people suffering from mental and psychiatric illnesses.
Recently, The Mighty reached out to its community and asked, in this digital age, what text they’d like to receive in the midst of depression. While text messages are not “treatment”, it can remind someone that they are loved and missed and not alone. Here are examples of texts that The Mighty’s community published that may inspire you to reach out to someone you know who is suffering from depression:
- I’ll give you time and I’ll be here when you’re ready. I promise.
- I’m beginning to understand how loud silence can be. Forgive me for not standing still enough to hear yours. I’m listening.
- I can’t begin to imagine what you’re going through, but know that I’m here for you.
- I’m so glad you’re here.
- You matter.