"Remember! You are not alone. You are not irreparably broken. You are not worthless."
You want to know what to say to your friend, but nothing seems quite right. I’m not a professional, but here’s a list of things I’ve learned, personally, from battling depression and suicide attempts.
Outlawing grief is something super-spiritual, and is often supported by Bible verses. Forget the past and press on. God’s got a plan. God is sovereign. It’s very Biblical to outlaw grief, after all.
Most pageant winners don't center their platforms around mental illness and suicide, but Katie Knowles did. She is currently Miss Statesville, NC and participated in Miss North Carolina 2015. She herself struggled with mental illness, depression, and suicidal thinking, which she shares about in this story.
Today, life expectancy is higher than it’s ever been, but the suicide rate is on the rise — perhaps indicating that our country’s mental-health management is lagging behind the rest of medicine.