You are not alone.
You are loved.
You are important.
You cannot be replaced.
You have great worth.
What you are feeling does not mean you are weak or broken. Your feelings are valid.
You can find healing.
There is hope.
On a personal note, I want to thank the people who supported me during my year of depression and helped me battle my suicidal thoughts. You kept me from acting on what, at that point in my life, seemed the only option. To my beloved family and those few close friends who comforted, encouraged, listened, and prayed – and never judged – I am indebted to you. I am truly grateful for you. To my roommate who sat with me through the panic attacks and pushed me to seek help when I had reached the point of desperation – I owe you so much. To my wonderful counselor, thank you for your kindness and patience, your understanding and reassurance. Thank you for coaching me to resist the lies of Satan and the lies of my own heart. Thank you for never condemning me, for validating my tumultuous feelings.
To the True and Living God, Jesus Christ, my Savior be honor and glory and praise for the work He has done in my life through the pain of suicidal depression. Father, you enabled my survival. You pursued me with Your great love. You held me in my weakness and sustained me with your strength. You were my peace which passed all understanding. Whether the darkness of suicidal depression is a thing of my past or returns some years from now, may You be glorified through my life. Thank You for Your Gospel – the power of God for salvation – which speaks hope to my heart.
If you or someone you know is battling depression and has been or may be considering suicide, find your national suicide helpline here.
For U.S. readers, dial 1 800 273 8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.