What if we could see depression?
Would we still doubt its existence?
Would we still think that it’s a sign of weakness?
Would we still believe that it’s “just a bad day”?
Would we still assume that it’s a cry for attention?
Would we still fear others’ opinions of ourselves?
Would we still be too nervous to ask for help?
Would we lend a hand to those in need?
Would we find the courage to fight and keep going?
Would we finally understand that we are not alone?
A very special thanks to Alessandra Ortiz for these beautiful photo submissions. You can find more of Alessandra’s work on her blog and Instagram. You can also read her previous submissions to Dear Hope, such as her piece, “Morning Routine” here, and her latest poem, “Her” here.
Always remember you are not alone.
You are loved.
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