Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Soliciting Your Help

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One of the most popular posts in the past month was my post about depression. A lot of us have struggled or are struggling with this and it can be really, really helpful to know that you're not alone when you're dealing with it. I know for me, writing that was incredibly cathartic and reading the comments was tremendously encouraging. Seeing so many who are willing to share their experiences helps all of us.

As I think about the number of recent highly publicized suicides (and think about how many that aren't highly publicized), I'm saddened by how these folks felt alone. They didn't feel like they had anyone (much less a community) to whom they could turn. It breaks my heart that they were unable to hear the message that they were not alone and that there were those who cared about them. But depression (and in these cases, aggravated by bullying) often leaves you feeling lonely.

With all of that in mind, I'd like to put a call out to anyone who might be interested in writing a guest post about your experiences with depression. You can be in the midst of it, you can be past it, it might be someone close to you, whatever your experience is, I'd love to hear your thoughts. You can find the guest post guidelines here. I'd love to hear from you. I know that many of your comments helped me and I believe that they can help others.

ETA: I know that my guidelines say 500 words. I know that's not much to get through a post about depression, so don't stress about the length. I'd hate for someone not to share their story because they thought they were writing too much! Thanks!
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