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Depressed Dad Takes Picture of Son in the Exact Place He Contemplated Suicide, Sends Powerful Message of Hope

“See that bench. 8yrs ago I sat on it thinking about throwing myself off Blackfriars Bridge…”

It’s no secret that depression is not the easiest thing to put into words.

Identifying your feelings can be hard enough, let alone navigating how to articulate those feelings to someone else. There is always hope for a brighter day, but the reality of it is that more often than not, freedom from depression can seem completely out of reach.

Writer Craig Stone took to Twitter this weekend with a real-life encouragement to anyone who’s ever been in the thick of depression.

He posted a picture of his young son standing in front of a random park bench. But for Craig, there was nothing random about this setup.

“See that bench. 8yrs ago I sat on it thinking about throwing myself off Blackfriars Bridge,” he wrote. “Today, I took this pic of my son. Tomorrow might be the same. But it might also be brighter. It might even bring unimaginable brilliance. Hang in there. Love is always coming.”

Even in the thickest moments of depression, there is always hope for a brighter future. Craig didn’t see it eight years ago. He couldn’t feel it or touch it, but that hope is what led him to this photo today.

May his powerful perspective bring hope to your own journey with depression, and serve as a reminder that “love is always coming.”

Bri Lamm
Bri is an outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure. She lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese in between capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras.

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