1. Stop ignoring that ex-best friend who suddenly went broke after loss of job or business. Reach out!
2. That single mother playing independent is not as fine as she may seem. Her child sleeps hungry. Her bills are killing her. She is in debts. No, she won’t tell you lest you ask her for sex in return. She is not fine. Reach out!
3. That jobless drunk brother of yours who the whole family branded ‘useless’ could be a drunk for convenience. Reach out!
4. That beautiful woman who you think has it all…good job, nice body, a face everyone loves.. No, her inbox is not crowded. And she is not fine. Reach out!
5. Your girlfriend who has suddenly became lazy, withdrawn and irritable. Don’t cheat on her. She is not being a jerk. She is depressed. Reach out!
6. That jovial, high-spirited colleague of yours is not fine. He says he is fine, but he is not. Reach out!
7. That cheating husband. No cheating is not an excuse. But you are killing him slowly. He is crying for help. He is looking for love and peace. Don’t beat down a man already on his knees. Don’t be another battle he has to fight. Reach out!
8. Yes, post natal depression is real. You think a mother endured 9 months, labor pains and it all just to stab her offspring? Your wife is not suddenly nagging. She is depressed. Don’t be a jerk. Reach out!
9. Suicide is not a selfish act. Reminding a depressed soul that suicide will only transfer their pain to others is selfish, insensitive and for lack of a better word, EXTREMELY Selfish. When one resolves to suicide, trust me, they are no longer thinking about the pain. They want peace. They are tired of your judgmental stares. They are tired of you ignoring them. They are tired of being a bother to you. There is no pain in death. Depression seeks that piece. Reach out!
10. And no, a bottle of whiskey is not reaching out. And pay bills after one has already committed suicide is HYPOCRITICAL. Those goodwill messages after one is gone are pure Hypocrisy. Reach out to the living. The dead see no GOOD. Check on people before it is too late, they are not fine!
Depression is Real: How can we be more sensitive about cries for help and reach out before it is too late?