This powerful video was sent to me by a friend whose daughter made the video and later ended her own life, overcome by the depression and anxiety that had haunted her too long. This is what she says about it:
“My daughter Margaret (Peggy) was making a video on depression and anxiety aimed at teenagers before she committed suicide. We hired an editor and finished the video. For anyone who wants to watch it I am attaching the YouTube link. If you know any teachers or social workers that can use it in classrooms or other mental health workshops, please share the link with them. We can also send them a DVD.”
This video was particularly meaningful to me, since I know the family, but also because my own mother suffered with serious depression and anxiety all her life. In turn I know how deeply this can affect family members who want to help and make things better and can’t find a way to do it.
If you’re suffering from depression, there’s no shame in looking for help and finding whatever means you must to overcome it. I’ve seen antidepressants work miracles and reset the chemical balance needed for moving forward and gaining control. Talk therapy may help, as well as group and family therapy. Exercise, a healthy diet, whatever it takes. Just make that first step toward good health.
If you’re the friend or family of a depressed person, there’s no shame in looking for help for yourself, either. You need all the tools you can muster to help yourself and those you love move through this. I’m reminded of the airplane video that points out that if the airplane loses altitude and the oxygen masks appear, put yours on first before you help those around you. If you aren’t functioning, you’re no good to the people who may need you.
I hope this video helps. Peggy’s mom says a DVD is available to share, and if you would like one, contact me here at my website and I’ll put you in touch with her. Together, let’s reach out in all the ways that make sense and make a difference wherever we can.