Turning depression around

Help! We all need somebody

on 22/09/2013

When did it become unacceptable to ask for help? When did asking someone for help flag us as weak? When we’re not coping, why do we carry on not coping instead of raising a hand or a voice and just say, “please”?

Helping others can seem like the most natural impulse we have. From giving advice to our friends, to helping strangers in the street with directions, to donating to causes that touch others in the planet’s most distant corners, when we’re asked to assist our neighbour, chances are, we’ll do it. Maybe not all the time, but in general, we’re ready to give of ourselves where and when we can.

Why do we expect any less of our nearest and dearest then? What’s holding us back from asking them for the same support that we’d readily give them? There’s no shame in voicing the fact that depression’s making life difficult for us and that we need to lean on someone.

Depression is only part of us; it doesn’t have to be our defining characteristic. We all have someone in our life for whom WE are the reason they stay there. If we’re really lucky, there are several people. The depression alone isn’t enough to make them leave us. They’re “happy to help”, and not because an employer pays them to. I guarantee that you’re that person for others too, so if you need them today, allow yourself to firstly admit it to yourself, and then ask them to help you in the same way you would them: wholeheartedly and without hesitation.


8 responses to “Help! We all need somebody

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