10 photos that prove depression has no face.

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10 photos that prove depression has no face.

September was National Suicide Prevention Month, and many social media users participated in the #faceofdepression hashtag to show how depression and suicidal ideation can strike anyone, look any way — and mental health is a wider conversation we cannot afford to ignore.

Many think those suffering from depression must cry a lot, become listless or look ‘sad’. But many with depression can hide their struggles well in everyday life — and look just like you and me.

But look at and read through the social media posts and images below to get a sense of just how depression and suicidal thoughts can look just like people enjoying life, laughing and smiling — only to take their lives days, weeks or months later.

One of the most powerful was shared by Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s widow, Talinda, who showed a picture of her husband laughing and smiling just days before he took his own life. “Suicidal thoughts were there, but you’d never know,” she wrote.

See more photos and videos below to understand just how depression and suicidal thoughts can look like everyday life… and learn to open up a dialogue of openness and non-judgment to ask someone how they really are. Because what they look like in real life isn’t always reflective of what’s going on inside…

Tw: talk of suicidal tendencies. . "You don't look suicidal"… I remember these words coming from the Dr's mouth right after I'd just told him that I was having thoughts of suicide. I remember in that moment my 14 year old self felt invalidation, dumb and embarrassed; something no one in that mindset should have to feel. I left feeling confused, what was I supposed to look like? A bottle of pills in one hand and a suicide note in the other? Those words nearly cost me my life, that judgment, those stupid stupid words. . I remember the night just last year that I spiralled and overdosed in my living room. I remember thinking to myself "I can't get help, I don't look suicidal, I don't fit the bill, they'll laugh at me". I remember thinking I must have looked the part, must have been wearing the suicidal costume properly when I woke up in Resus as all around me were concerned, worried and sad faces. By then this could have been too late, i might not have been there to see those sad faces if my partner hadn't of saved my life. . This, this is the danger of thinking mental health has a 'face',a 'look'. This is how stigma, ignorance and judgement towards mental health/suicide affects those who are poorly. . In both these photos i'm suicidal, perhaps not in the same way but on both of these days I had suicidal thoughts racing around. . Stop the judgment. Stop the stigma.

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“Yes, I am smiling. I smiled for you. I smiled so I don’t make you feel bad. I don’t want you to feel like I do. I also don’t want you to feel like there is something you can do to make me ‘feel better.'”

“This is my son, right before going to his computer to look up how to properly hang himself. Two days later he followed through.”

“This is depression in our home. I tried to hang myself in my attic when the board broke and I broke thru the ceiling alerting my family. I fight every day. My husband tries his best but can’t break through. I don’t understand it. I don’t know why I can’t get rid of it.”

“This is my boyfriend two weeks before hanging himself.”

“My #faceofdepression and yes it is possible to be depressed with a child.”

“This is what depression looked like not long before we lost our beloved Luke. Depression is a SERIOUS illness. Don’t dismiss people who are hurting.”

You guys! This is the face of depression and suicidal thoughts. 3 years ago antidepressants saved my life and then a year and a half ago they almost claimed it because I just decided I was happy and quit taking them suddenly. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Normalize mental health issues. No more shame in my struggle . #suicideprevention #itsoktonotbeok #faceofdepression National Suicide Prevention 1-800 273 8255 It's OK not to be OK 💜💙💜💙💜💙

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“Currently at the doctor seeking help, most have no idea what I’m going through and that I cry in the shower or in the car on my way home from work or can’t sleep at night because of panic attack.”

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