Today I would like to talk about why I have decided to bare it all and share my story with possibly the whole world. This has also been the inspiration behind my new non-profit organisation, Lighthouse Support Group.
I have never been one to discuss my depression journey. I found it to be a rather painful topic which I tried very hard to block from my memories. Until recently I have found out that I become empowered every time I verbalize my depression struggle to others. By sharing my suicide survival stories, I am making it known that I am stronger than depression.
I believe I did not go through all of these to remain the same. I really believe that I need to go out there to create mental health awareness and assist those who are struggling. By being vocal with my depression struggles, I believe I can help remove the stigma which is attached to the mental illness. By being vocal with my victory against depression I believe I can inspire others to keep fighting.
And for as long as I breathe, I will do just that—no story should end too soon because of depression. I want everyone struggling out there that despite the negative, dark thoughts, depression is not the end of the road for you. No story should end too soon.
As we engage others in discussions about mental health issues, we can teach them through our experiences and help eradicate misconceptions they may have about depression and suicide. I remember how alone I felt during my depression journey. I had no idea that there were hundreds other people going through the same out there. Hence, I got convinced that there was just no way I could get through this. We really need to share our depression struggles to inspire and create awareness.
It has only been less than three months since I have started my Support Group and I must say I am humbled and super grateful for the opportunity of sharing my story has given me to reach others.
Writing and speaking openly about my depression and struggles with suicidal thoughts has made others comfortable in approaching me to talk about their similar struggles.
To the lives I have touched, I thank you for reaching out. Depression recovery is a journey. Reach out and seek help. There’s a purpose for your life, don’t give up.
Sending good vibes your way.
Hey there, My name is Dikeledi and I reside in Johannesburg, South Africa.