There’s a lot of talk about mental illness and depression since Robin Williams’ passing, and I thought of just leaving a couple of quick reads on the topic here on my blog. These are in no way extensive readings on how to deal with depression, but I think they paint a quick picture of it.

these Hyperbole and a Half comics about depression:
Adventures in Depression, part 1 and part 2

and this article on suicide contagion and social media

I have many feelings about depression. I have known the feeling of living with depressed family members, and I can tell you that the home, along with the rest of life, becomes a dark place when depression is around. My family has overcome it already, but sometimes, like now, I still wish I had known how to deal with our situation better when it was upon us.

I encourage you to sincerely take time to check up on your family and friends for early signs of depression, especially if you think something is going unusually wrong or if your loved ones are uncharacteristically very sad all the time. Know that it’s something they can’t just snap out of, that they’re not making up their own problems, and most importantly, know that it’s not their fault and that they don’t want to be that way. It takes a whole lot of love and help from you for them to get better and recover completely, and you CAN do something to make it clear to them that suicide should not be an option.

If you are experiencing depression or early signs of it yourself and you are not sure who to call, here are some local groups you can get in touch with:

Manila Lifeline Center
(02) 896-9191

hopelines of the Natasha Goulborn Foundation
(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917-558-HOPE (4673)
2919 (toll-free number for ALL GLOBE and TM subscribers)

Emmaus Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation
3/F CEFAM Bldg., Seminary Drive
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City, Philippines
Tel: (02) 928 6040
(02) 927 0077
(02) 426 6001 loc. 4875

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