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The 4 Words That Showed Me Someone Cared When I Was Struggling With Depression

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Several years ago, I went through a deep spell of depression. I felt hopeless. I found myself on the edge of giving up. I decided to talk to two people: my doctor and a priest.

My doctor gave me medication. I told the priest upfront that I am not Catholic, but I thought he might understand. He talked to me for more than an hour before asking for my phone number. He asked me if he could text me. I said yes.

For the next month, almost every day he texted me “How are you doing?” And I answered honestly. Sometimes I rambled on. A few hours later, I would receive another text, “How are you doing now?”

He gave me advice only when I requested. He didn’t try to change me. He didn’t try to save me. All he did was ask “How are you doing?” Those four words told me at least one person cared.

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page.

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Thinkstock photo via Grandfailure.

Originally published: April 19, 2017
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