It is also very hard.
I have a young friend who is not quite 17. She has gone in and out of depression many times in her young life. She is loved by so very many.
But she isn't as loved by herself as I so want her to be.
I had her read these posts last week:
I made her listen to THIS song:
I am so proud of her for knowing she needs help. It's can't be easy when the bad thoughts overtake the good. I am so proud of her mom, who remains calm during these periods of times when her daughter doesn't feel she has anything to live for. I am so proud my young friend knows she can tell her mom when it's all just too much. There's the love.
We live in a stressful world.
I firmly believe the teens of today have it much harder than I ever did. I didn't have social media capturing my every move. I didn't have harassment via text or Twitter or Facebook. Conversely, the resources available for help weren't as easy to find either.
Jenny Lawson, AKA The Bloggess, writes so eloquently about depression and suicide. THIS post was written on September 10, 2012, which is World Suicide Prevention Day.
I am taking this directly from Jenny's post:
"If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide call 800-273-TALK, or click here for resources."
And so, today, I ask you to think kind thoughts about my young friend. To really look at your own kids and make sure they're in a good place. To look inside yourself and know you are worthy, beloved, amazing and indeed, a gift to the world.
Be well, my sweet friend. I can't wait to hug you. xo
This song is just for YOU ~ lyrics HERE.
(I know you like when I give you the lyrics.)
UPDATE 2-4-13 - my young friend is back home. You can read her mom's blog piece about that HERE.