Writer's Viral Tweet Features Uplifting Message About Dealing With Depression And Charming Picture Of His Young Son

"Tomorrow might be the same. But it might also be brighter."

On November 19, London-based writer Craig Stone shared a heartwarming message on Twitter about his struggles with depression. The candid post, which was meant to encourage others who might be in need of some positivity, included a picture of Stone's young son walking near a bench he had previously encountered during a difficult time in his life.

"See that bench. 8yrs ago I sat on it thinking about throwing myself off Blackfriars Bridge," Stone wrote in the tweet below. "Today, I took this pic of my son. Tomorrow might be the same. But it might also be brighter. It might even bring unimaginable brilliance." 


"Hang in there. Love is always coming," he added, concluding the moving tweet with "#depression."

In less than 48 hours, Stone's powerful tweet has amassed thousands of likes and retweets, as well as hundreds of comments from people who thanked him for his candor and inspiration. Check out some of the moving reactions below, including a few poignant ones from people who have been in a similar situation or said Stone's tweet pushed them to seek help.

As someone who has lived through dark times (and will likely still face some ahead), Stone offered some encouragement and sage advice to those who told him they were struggling. When one woman said Stone's message served as a reminder that things can get better, he remarked that her words made the tweet worth sharing. He also encouraged her to "Talk to friends, family, strangers at bus stops; because the only thing you need to give yourself today is tomorrow." 

When a man commented that he's in a "pretty dark place at the moment," Stone once again stressed the importance of talking and communicating with others. "There's that saying 'it takes a village to raise a child' - well, we're still all children. And we never leave the village," he added.

Even though Stone previously stated he was unsure about whether or not to share his initial tweet, he now knows he made the correct choice. In a subsequent tweet he declared, "Reading through the comments here is a joy. And to think, they said Twitter was full of trolls. All I'm seeing is lovely people being supportive and happy for happiness. Thank you for all the lovely responses!" 

If you or a loved one are in crisis and/or looking for help with mental health, there are numerous ways of reaching out. Check out the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at its website or call 1-800-662-HELP. In crisis or know of someone in crisis? The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-TALK with trained counselors ready to assist.


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