Letters to depcom

Doing depression comix has been incredibly helpful to me in many ways, and it’s wonderful when people tell me that it may have had some positive effect on them. The other day I received this message on Tumblr:

i’d appreciate if you didn’t publish this. i just wanted to say i am extremely thankful for your comic because it is what motivated me to finally see a psychologist. it made me realize and take seriously that what i had been going through might be mental illness, and not just me malingering or “being lazy” or “weak” and whatnot. thank you so much.

(afterwards permission was granted to post this but only under “anonymous”)

This post made me think about how mental illness is perceived as some weakness of the mind, but I believe it takes true courage to go about trying to improve your situation. There are many, many people who do not have a mental illness but cannot do what they need to do to help themselves. Having a mental illness has nothing to do with a lack of courage but it certainly tests it.

I’m glad that the writer decided to get help. It’s a courageous decision and if depression comix helped make that decision in some small way it was worth doing.

Today I received another post, this time sent through the contact form on the depression comix site. This one was sent completely anonymous (you don’t need to put an e-mail address in the contact form).

Your comics helped me see what I was actually feeling and helped inspire me to get help. So thank you for helping me to see that I am not alone, and this isn’t how life really is.

I can’t send a reply to this person but I can thank them here. Thank you.

I myself am inspired by this. And I hope others can be inspired to get help. We don’t need to be alone and we don’t have to do this alone.

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