Depression is real. It's incessant. It's persistent. It's always there.
Some days we're better at fighting it than others. But other days we succumb to it. It doesn't matter how rich our successful we are or "good" of a situation we're living in is. If it's not good enough in our own heads, then how good could it really be?
If you are suffering from depression you can get help and console yourself in the fact that it can get better - there are countless examples of it.
Like this touching story of a high school student who shared two photos of her with her high school counselor - both at very different times in her life.
Twitter user @kanebaby posted the photos to show just how far she's come and how much of an impact her counselor had on her recovery.
The pic on the left was taken shortly after a suicide attempt. The pic on the right was taken after my graduation. I’ve come a long way & don’t think I could have survived high school w/out the support of my school counselor. Schools should be armed w/ faculty like her...not guns pic.twitter.com/KYYRDtSF3S— kanebaby (@kenedykane1) June 4, 2018
Here's a picture that was snapped after her suicide attempt. Her guidance counselor is gripping her hand and looking like a straight-up enthusiastic guardian angel.
And here she is, absolutely glowing on the day of her graduation, standing beside the same counselor - the both of them looking equally proud, cheesing hardcore.
The story tugged at the heartstrings of other people online, who were proud of her journey and posted words of encouragement.
I might not know you personally, but I just want to say, You are so beautiful, and have so much to live for, never forget!— Matthew Stevens (@m24_karat) June 6, 2018
It had other people sharing seriously awesome stories of their own great counselors.
Love love love this. I give so much credit to my counselor for helping me make it through. It helps when someone actually listens and wants to help. Amazing for you ❤️— Allie Mangino (@allie_mang) June 6, 2018
It’s been 3 years since I’ve graduated but I owe my life to some of the faculty at Northridge High ♥️ I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for them! Such a great school! Amazing teachers and counselors !— Angel ღ🧜🏽♀️ (@Angel_Babiee07) June 5, 2018
Honestly thought it was your mom at first. I’m glad there’s people like your counselor that are truly there for you and others ❤️ those are the best kind of people 🙌🏽✨— Riceball 🍙 (@nancythehuman) June 5, 2018
School counselors are often under-appreciated in the public education system, despite the vital functions they provide for young students at such a crucial time in their development.
Wow, my school counselor saved me from depression & made it a point to send a card to me at my graduation despite me living 5 hours away. So happy you made it! It gets better 💖— νιcтσяια (@torriilove) June 5, 2018
You’re amazing I’m so happy you made it. 💜 my school counselor helped me through a lot my senior year after my dad died and they don’t get enough credit for the job they take on, I’m glad you had someone to help you too!— Queen Demz 👑 (@demienicolexo_) June 6, 2018
School counselors in America, are expected to manage and maintain relationships with about 482 different students a year, on average. For some schools, that number is even higher.
Teachers and counselors are heroes, and deserve more recognition. Congrats on your recovery!— The Lazy Key (@TheLazyKey) June 5, 2018
Many counselors assist students long after their "work day" has concluded. They are involved in after-school activities, visit with students and families off-campus, even allocating weekends for the work that they do and are still in many cases overworked.
Mental health professionals are highlighting that school shootings are not just a gun problem, but a mental health one as well. Addressing a student population's mental health more effectively, nationwide, could help curb the number of shootings that take place in our schools.
Like OP says, it may be a more effective strategy than just arming teachers with guns.