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Please do not despair. There is hope for a better future. You can make it through this.

  • There are effective treatments that can help. The important thing is seeking help.
  • If you created a safety plan in the past, now’s a good time to put it into action.
  • Call a friend or family member.   Seek medical assistance.  If you need immediate help, please contact the national suicide prevention line 800-273-talk.
  • Remember that there is help available no matter where you are or what time it is, and there people who care about you and want to make you feel better.

Here are some inspiring messages about depression:

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” — Christopher Reeve

“A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” — Joyce Meyer

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller

“Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy.” — Matt Lucas

“Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.” — Madeleine L’Engle

“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” — C. S. Lewis

“Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.” — Greenville Kleisser

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle

“Change your thoughts and you change the world.” – Norman Peale

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you will start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

“We learn from failure, not from success.” – Bram Stoker

“Happiness does not depend upon who you are or what you have. It depends solely upon what you think.” – Dale Carnegie

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.” –William James

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.” – Abraham H. Maslow

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer

“Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.” – James R. Cook

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

“If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

“Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” – George S. Patton

“When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.” ― Dodie Smith
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“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.” ― J.K. Rowling

“Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?” ― John Keats

“Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine.” ― Charlotte Brontë

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ― Amit Ray

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“Depression is melancholy minus its charms.” ― Susan Sontag

“He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“I’ve had some dark nights of the soul, of course, but giving in to depression would be a sellout, a defeat.” ― Christopher Hitchens

“If you are in a bad mood go for a walk.If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.” ― Hippocrates

“Depression, as far as I’m concerned, is just a waste of time.” ― Helen Reddy

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ― Confucius

“Minds are like parachutes, they function only when open.”

“The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.”

“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” ― Richard L. Evans

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.” – William James

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing.” – Agatha Christie
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“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” – Chinese proverb

“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Happiness is not having what you want. It is appreciating what you have.”

“I am not bound to win, I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light I have.” – Abraham Lincoln

 * These quite were adapted from http://undepress.net/depression-quotes-motivational-words-that-will-help-you-out/.