Mental health is a subject spoken about more openly today than in the past.  Chances are if you don't have mental health issues, someone you know, probably does.

I recently became aware of a young girl in Ocean County who took her own life.  A high school kid who had so much to offer.  It brings tears to my eyes when I see her picture.  How does someone get to that point of desperation?

My hope is that someone who is reading this may recognize the warning signs.  Perhaps we can save a life.  I ask that you share this story with friends and family.  We need to let people know that there's always hope.

What is Depression Anyway?

Depression has different levels of severity.  Someone who just suffered a loss might go through a temporary state of depression.  This is not necessarily serious, and at some point in our lives, nearly all of us have experienced this.

The more serious type of depression is commonly referred to as clinical depression.  This is a more complicated form of mental illness.  This type of depression lasts longer and requires medical attention.

Recognizing the warning signs can possibly save a life.


If you have kids, TALK to them.

Many times, well-meaning people think that dealing with depression means, making someone happy again.

Sometimes, family and friends might get frustrated, and they might say, "You have so much to be thankful for, how can you be sad???"  It's understandable how people can think like that.  However, depression goes much deeper.

Our bodies are complicated pieces of equipment.  When it isn't working right, you need to get it checked out.  Someone who is dealing with depression, cannot control what they are feeling.


Good News

Here's the good news:  Many/Most people with depression can be helped.  There are effective medications that can help get the body's chemicals back in balance.

The medical community doesn't like to use the word "cure" when it comes to clinical depression, but the reality is proper medication and therapy, will help the person live a "normal" life with no signs of depression.

The key to treatment is communication with your medical team.  Not all meds work for every person.  Sometimes it takes a few tries to find the right medicine.  Don't give up.


If you or someone you know has feelings of despair, you can now call an emergency hotline anywhere in the US.  From any phone, dial 9-8-8.  This is free and anonymous.

Clinical depression: What does that mean? - Mayo Clinic

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