This Person Helps Their Girlfriend With Her Depression With A Jar Full Of Popsicle Sticks

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Aug. 24 2020, Updated 2:44 p.m. ET

Depression is a mental health issue a lot of people are struggling with, and finding ways to get through depressive episodes can be a challenge. This story about someone supporting their girlfriend through her tough times is warming a lot of Internet hearts right now.

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Reddit user bovadeez posted a picture of a DIY mental health booster on Imgur, and it's pretty amazing.

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They openly admit it is an idea they saw somewhere else online, but have adapted it to suit their girlfriend's needs.

First, there's a jar of color coded popsicle sticks:

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With a key that explains what each one means.

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They're things like "quotes" or "reminders" or "ways to relax."

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So, when she's feeling down she can look at the code and think about what will help in the moment and pull out a stick of the right color to look at:

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People are really touched by the care that went into making this project:

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As the OP explains, sometimes someone needs more than words; they need an example of how they're cared for to break through to them:

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And wants to spread the word:

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While this system might not be something everyone would find helpful, it's still an acknowledgement of what a person with depression is going through. Plenty of people in the comments have been there, and wish they could have received as much compassion and understanding.

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Bovadeez also got into more detail about what's on those popsicle sticks, if you're curious:

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There are a lot of ways to help people with depression, aside from encouraging them to seek help from a medical professional. Sometimes just listening and supporting them instead of minimizing their problems is enough. But if you have a jar and a hundred popsicle sticks, this is a great idea.

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