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My organization is doing a Suicide Awareness Program today and I felt compelled to talk about this with you all.  While I have never known anyone who committed suicide, I have battled depression and had suicidal thoughts before.

When I was depressed, I felt so bad and was in so much internal pain, that I just wanted to end it all.  I felt like no one understood, no one cared, and that no one loved me.  

I had two major depressive episodes, breakdowns if you will.  The second one I had was quite severe where I didn’t go to work for a whole month.  I finally got professional help and things got better from then on.

My message to you if you are suffering from depression and are contemplating suicide is don’t be afraid to ask for help.  If you commit suicide, you eliminate the possibility of things ever getting better.

I am very happy that I didn’t go through with that plan.  I am much happier today than I ever have been in my life.  I am married, have two great boys, a career, family, friends, etc.  None of that would have happened if I chose to end my life.

There are professionals who can help you.  It took a combination of therapy and medication and time but the depression finally lifted.  

Since then, I do a couple things that help me:  get together with girlfriends at least on a monthly basis, exercise regularly, pray, and listen to music.

Please, if you or someone you know is battling depression, seek some help.  There are qualified people who care and will help you.

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