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By Mehek Shaikh

Who says that a 13 year old can't be depressed? Who says that the reason for your depression is silly? Who says that successful people can't be depressed?

People might feel unwanted and unloved due to many reasons. One of them is breakups. Breakups are as difficult for a 14 year old as they are for a 22 year old. People might have a lot of money and might have earned a lot of name and fame. They might have attended a lot of seminars but when they get home they have no one but themselves. Being bullied everyday makes one doubt their self worth. No matter what the reason is, we need to be there for the people who feel this way. To the people who BULLY others for being depressed, who call them weak souls and cowards, just try and keep yourself in their shoes. You can't even imagine what they might be going through. Sure, the magnitude of depression, experience, reasons and coping mechanism would vary from person to person but that doesn't mean we judge and taunt them. No depression is big or small.

When everyone says that its gonna be fine and just hold on but you don't find any reason to hold onto. When you cry yourself to sleep every night. When you feel worthless and sad for absolutely no reason. When you feel alone even when you are with a group of people. When suicidal thoughts cross your mind. Just picture your loved ones. Your parents, siblings, better half, anyone. Just think about what you would put them through if you take any wrong step.

I know, its difficult. But take it from a person who has been there. Nothing is as difficult as it seems. Give yourself sometime. Talk to your friends and family.

Those thoughts, those people, that boy or that girl isn't worth your life. Value the precious gift of life that you've got. Enjoy it to the fullest.

Depression is an illnesses. It can also be genetic. So if you feel low frequently, please talk to someone or get yourself treated. Life is too short to be taken for granted.

To all the girls and boys out there, just remember that you might feel heartbroken, sad and worthless but there are more than a dozen of people who love you and would go to the moon and back for you. To your family you are EVERYTHING and please don't take it away from them.

We all have a happy place. Could be with a friend family just about anybody. It’s so important to know and understand that happy place and open up to your pain there. Mental health is a serious issue.

Its high time that mental health should be given importance. Not being in a good place mentally affects how we think, feel and act. Mental health is important at every stage of life!

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