"Being a part of an online community for me helps me express my voice, and it helps me reach out to other people and remember that I’m not by myself in this."
Being a part of an online community for me helps me express my voice, and it helps me reach out to other people and remember that I’m not by myself in this. It reminds me - especially in moments when I’m in a very depressed state, and I feel like I’m by myself, and I’m isolated, and I’m the only person going through this, when it feels very heavy - going online and being able to reach out to a friend on Facebook or even just to post a status and say, "Man, depression sucks, today I’m not doing well", and having people chime in and say "I see you, I hear you. Oh, yeah. I know. I've been dealing with this for the last week or the last couple of months, and it just really sucks." That's really, really powerful.
If you post a status saying I’m not doing well, but they don't see you for another few hours or for another day, or if you jump offline and they can't find you - they will find ways to reach out to you and make sure that you're okay. I have people text me. I have people call me. I have people email me. I have even had people call my husband and say "Hey, I just wanted to make sure A'Driane's okay. Just wanted to let her know that I’m thinking of her."
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