We've all had at some point in our lives have had mental breakdowns. Something may have bothered us so much that we just may have ended up losing complete control over our emotions. It's not wrong though, as from what I have experienced, you have travelled further on your journey of self-realization. You learn to move on from the situation that caused you the mental breakdown.

However, it's not like that for some. Some are unable to cope with the situation that's bothering them, and the end result is suicide. A statistic shows that around 25 million Americans suffer from depression each year, and 50% of those that died by suicide had suffered from major depression.

These are massive figures and very unfortunate.

No one, I repeat, no one should ever find the need to suicide. No one should ever have suicidal thoughts. Suicide is never the answer. For those that are depressed, know that people, even if it is just a person, cares for you. The fact that that one person cares for you should be more than enough of a reason to stay living. I have not suffered from depression before, so I cannot empathize with depressed ones. All I can say is, please seek help, be it a suicide prevention organization, a friend or a family member.

Know that you are not worthless. Every person living in this world has a role. You have a right to lead a happy, healthy and confident life. My father says this to me all the time, and for good reason. Being happy yourself not only makes you feel good about yourself but also makes others happy. You must be healthy not just physically, but also mentally. Be confident with yourself, and do not let others put you down. Even if they do, spring right back up, it's not the end of the world for you. The more you distance yourself from others, the more damage you cause to yourself. There's nothing wrong with sharing your personal issues with someone who you highly trust, who in turn reciprocates the same.

I repeat once again, suicide is never the answer. Self-harm is never the answer. Never, and will always never be. Look for the bright side in such situations, even it is a mere ray of hope. In such situations, positivity is hidden. It is in your interest to find that little bit of positivity, no matter how tiny it may be. Yes, it may or even will be hard. The sad truth about this world is that negativity is spread rapidly. However, that does not mean that positivity is non-existent. You are not worthless. No one ever is or ever will be. Smile, not just for others, but also for yourself. Smiling is something that must come from the heart, not the mind.

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