Twitter Thread On Depression Shows The Importance Of Support, Even At Times It's Not Explicitly Asked For

"Be that friend to others."

After the news of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain's passing, the public has been made all the more aware of the importance of discussing, and bringing awareness to, mental health, and learning to recognize the signs when a loved one is suffering. After all, it's very likely you, or someone you know, has experienced a mental health issue as there are an estimated 350 million people of all ages worldwide living with depression, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

People who are experiencing depression, or other mental health issues, need support systems to aid them on their journey to recovery. And while it's important they seek professional help when needed, having the additional support of loved ones and family can be just as meaningful.  

A viral Twitter thread by writer Sheila O'Malley posted on June 8, following the news of Spade and Bourdain's death, highlights the important role friends and family can play in helping someone experiencing depression.  O'Malley also raises a point about why we sometimes need the support of those people at times it's not explicitly asked for.

She points to her own experience, and explains how the passing of her father left her emotionally drained and unable to unpack her apartment for months.

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She continues that an old friend named Dave reached out and decided to take action in the hopes of helping her.

Dave asked O'Malley whether she was free on a Thursday. She said she was. When the time came, the group came ready to get to work.

She writes that her friends unpacked 200 boxes, put away 1,500 books, hung up her photos, and even had a taco-making station going as they worked.

When everything was complete and she was struggling for words to express her feelings, her friend's husband summed up what they did.

In addition to an unpacked apartment, O'Malley was left with positive memories.

In conclusion, she reiterated that her friends did take a risk and what they did could have backfired, but she points out, "Being a friend takes commitment. A willingness to take that risk." It also makes an important point about not always waiting for someone to ask for help.

After O'Malley's Twitter thread began getting retweeted and generating discussion, she responded by thanking everyone.

O'Malley's Twitter thread is just one example of loved ones showing support to those experiencing mental health issues. There are more tweets and Whisper confessions from other people battling depression that show the different ways friends and family have helped them through their fights.

If you or a loved one are in a crisis, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to speak with a skilled, trained counselor who is ready to listen to you.

(H/T: Scary Mommy)

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