Hummingbird went to the river and collected a drop of water.
The other birds laughed. “What are you doing?” They asked.
She replied, “I’m doing what I can."
-Native American Story
Sufferers of depression and suicidal thoughts often report feeling like Hummingbird... they can carry only a droplet of water, and the fire is everywhere. They feel helpless and therefore unable to deal with the weight of their depression. And it gets worse.
The topic of depression and suicidal ideation has been freshly brought to public awareness with stunning story of Blake Robert's expulsion from residence at Acadia University this past Thursday. Where can depressed teens and young adults turn for help if their admission of a problem to an authority figure is rewarded with the destruction of their social network in the ostensible interest of the greater good? The answer seems to be to fight against depressive feelings and present a publicly-acceptable face to the world around us. To hide how we really feel.
Sami Moukaddem, clinical psychologist, recounts the stark reality of his own lifetime battle against depression and suicidal thoughts in an excellent TED talk and posits that the key to battling depression isn't to fight against it, but to openly embrace it and seek to understand the reason it exists within us.