I've had a whole year and 4 weeks to think about it's impact on everybody since Chester Bennington passed.
As a suffer of mental health issues (Depression, anxiety, self-hate yes, I consider that a mental health issue)
and have been for a long fucking time, I can say that these are terrible things to live with.
It's not usually easy to spot someone who is depressed. It's not hard to fake a smile and say you're fine. I've done it far too many times. Just pay attention to the way they act, what they say, their face, and it should begin to click in. Especially if they're acting abnormal. Doubly so if they're suddenly incredibly happy. Whilst that could be a sign that they've made it out of their depression, it can also be a sign for suicide. Most suicide victims have been reported as seeming very happy days before they commit.
As Chester Bennington and many others have said, the one thing that can't be beaten is love.
Make sure you hug your friends and family. Especially if they have mental health issues.
Let all of your friends and family know you love and care for them.
Make sure they feel your love for them.
The worst feeling in the world is feeling like you're alone. Like nobody cares about you. And that's how I've felt a lot more than I care to admit.
It's not hard to change someone's life for the better.
It may seem hard at first, but it takes time. Time and patience.
In my experiences with helping others, very rarely will they come out and say they're suicidal.
Every now and then, if they do come out, it may be too late. They may have already given in to suicide and are making a goodbye run.
But you can stop it.
It's never too late to stop a potential suicide.
Even if they are highly stubborn about it, you can break through. It just takes time.
If there's anything you should take away from this journal, it's that you should keep an eye on friends and family with mental issues and make sure they feel loved and welcomed, regardless of whether or not they have mental health issues. Nobody should be made to feel alone.
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