(Trigger warning: suicide and depression.)
Actions speak louder than words, although words are important when it comes to mental health. The stigma around this subject is ridiculous as if it’s a myth. At any given opportunity, start the conversation, help people understand how necessary it is to acknowledge mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.
I am well aware that it takes a lot more than an article to help someone, but I also believe that shedding a light on something as serious as suicide can at least be a conversation starter.
It can’t get worse.
After everything you have gone through, you made it to live another day, thinking it is your last one.
The stress, the low self-esteem, the constant self-doubt and wishing you were someone else will be gone by tomorrow if you no longer exist.
However, you will be here. With the people who are always going to wonder if they could’ve helped more, done more, listened more. The people who were closest, just never close enough to prevent you from your demons, but close enough to blame themselves for the rest of their lives.
It can’t get worse because you are already thinking about the last resort, and it’s no easy way out as people claim it to be. It can’t be easy to surrender to your own voices, to depression, to leaving your loved ones behind. Instead, you fight harder to prove the crippling anxiety and the back pain that never seem to leave you alone, wrong.
You live another day to discover a new culture, to turn your heartbreak into art, to paint when you are bored and to breathe when you are overwhelmed with stress.
You live another day to travel alone or with friends, to stare at the stars and write poetry about the moon.
If you are thinking about ending your own life, remember that this is the worst it can get. Reach out to someone, it takes strength to share your pain and people can and will surprise you.
Here are Morocco’s relevant suicide hotline telephone numbers:
Hotline: 212 5 22 87 47 40
Hotline: 212 6 62 58 95 70