Elizabeth Acheampong

What Does Depression Mean To You? 

Depression to me means hitting rock bottom and not finding any way or means to get up or pull yourself up. I have moments where i’m in a room full of people but still feel alone and will often find myself on the verge of tears. I haven’t figured out how to express this feeling in words. But I know when I get into this mood, I literally feel like there is no hope for anything.

How Did You Overcome Depression And/or Self Harm? 

I’m sill struggling with depression but iv’e been dealing with it by talking about it and keeping myself busy. While I have not sough professional help, I have found things that help lift up my spirits and that is what helps me on the daily. In addition, I have a small support system whom I am able to turn when I feel hopeless.

What Advice Would You Give Someone That Is Battling With Depression And/or Self-Harm? 

For anyone battling depression and/or self-harm, I’ll say listen to your silent voice. For many of us, we have this quiet voice that tells us to seek help, tells us not to self harm. Because the voice is so quiet, we often ignore it and listen to the greater thoughts that tells us to hide because we will feel better. In addition, no matter how bad it is, it always gets better. Remember you don’t always have to hit rock bottom to find a solution, the solution works equally as well when we seek help earlier on.

What Do You Believe Are Some Problems That The Media Brings To Females That Battle With Depression And/or Self Harm? 

1. Your story has to be over the top for it to be validated.
2. Your battle has to somehow someway relate to current problems in
today’s society.
3. We don’t do enough to help ourselves.

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