Because September is National Suicide Prevention Month, Instagram has become flooded with empowering survival stories. Hashtag, #faceofdepression, adds a layer of depth to the general conversation, and one we cannot ignore.
The reality is that #faceofdepression is trying to explain that people are struggling with mental health issues, hide it.
A touching contribution to the campaign was a video recently shared by Talinda Bentley, widow of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. The video shows Chester laughing and smiling just 36 hours before his tragic suicide. If you know someone who is struggling, ask the hard questions before it is too late.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 if you or someone you know needs urgent help. Call 1-800-273-8255 or go to their official website to live chat with a counselor.