This post is a bit of a departure from the theme of this blog, but it’s important.
On Twitter today, there’s a movement called #semicolonEDU. The idea is to show support for educators dealing with mental health issues, whether tangental or personal. For me, it’s both.
My dad committed suicide when I was 9. Not much was discussed then (the 80s) about depression. With what we know now, it’s possible that he could have found help, and everything would have been very different. It’s actually really difficult for me to imagine just how different life would be if he were still around.
I’ve also dealt with depression personally. There was a time (for about 7 years or so) that I depended on prescription drugs to help me get through my days. My lows were never so deep that I thought of hurting myself, but I was low enough, and I felt a mixture of fear in admitting something was wrong and relief in asking for help to fix it. I made it through that darkness, and I’m proof that depression can get better. It took surrounding myself with people who love me for who I am and encourage me to be the best version of myself that I can be. I still have times when I feel down, but I’ve learned how to manage those times through mindfulness.
So here’s my semicolon. My story isn’t over yet.