Twitter Users Share The Times Someone Else Helped Keep Them Going

"What she didn't know is that I needed it. How has someone kept you going?"

Following the tragic news of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain's passing, countless individuals have take to social media to share their own battles with depression and mental illness. Bringing awareness to these issues is so important, especially in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent report stating that U.S. suicide rates have increased by 25 percent since 1999. But, as the public mourns these public figures, others have seized the opportunity to discuss mental health and suicide prevention.

On Twitter, author Ana Marie Cox shared her own battle with depression, along with an instance in which a complete stranger gave her the will to carry on through a simple act of kindness. Cox then asked her followers to share their own stories about people who helped keep them going when they'd almost lost all hope.

Here, Cox's fellow Twitter users share their own life-changing moments when someone completely unexpected helped them find the strength and courage to #livethroughthis:

1. Like Cox's example, an unsolicited pack of tissues helped this woman dry her tears.

2. While cashiers often dole out change, this one's gesture changed a man's life.

3. When everyone else fled, this person's friends showed them unconditional support.

4. A kind stranger gave this woman the strength to keep walking — literally.

5. These flight attendants proved that, on this journey called life, no one goes it alone.

6. In the midst of her loss, someone helped this woman find strength and peace.

7. This elderly woman's words helped this man come to terms with his mom's death.

8. One teacher's genuine concern gave this person the strength to keep going.

9. This man's boss extended her hand instead of handing him a pink slip.

10. This child's kindness made this woman feel welcome in an unfamiliar country.

11. When she didn't have any money, a stranger paid it forward to help her heal.

12. This woman's sister-in-law proved that siblings don't have to be blood relatives.

13. One random compliment helped this girl realize she's truly worthwhile.

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.

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