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Texts That Get Me Through the Night When I'm Struggling With Depression

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I am extremely blessed when it comes to the amount of support I have. Through the dead of night, I have friends and family members who stay up and see me through the morning. Their words mean the world. These are texts I have received from people who touch my heart immensely. If you don’t have this kind of support right now, know people are out there. There are people who love you and are fighting for you, cheering you on to win, even if it doesn’t feel like it. You matter. Your life matters. Here are some of the messages I have gotten.

Some simple truths that comfort my heart at night:

“You are not programmed to self-destruct.”

“I promise you, it will get better.”

“It will my love. This is a rough night, it will pass.”

“It’s gonna be OK. You are OK, love.”

“It’s exhausting, but I promise you’re worth it.”

“You can do this hun. You are so amazing. OK or not OK, you’re so worth it.”

When I feel like a burden your words mean the world:

“I am not going anywhere, Genevieve. Your life is not a waste of time or inconvenience in any way.”

“I will never give up on you.”

“Love you <3 I’m glad you texted me.”

“Do you want to talk about it?”

“I’m taking time off soon, do you want me to call you?”

Reminders that the night will pass and there is joy in the morning:

“It’s late at night and I know this is the worst time because thoughts race and it’s all you can think about, but journal and write it all out, then watch a movie or call your friend. I’ll say a prayer for you, you are stronger than the depression I believe in you and love you.”

“I’m so sorry girl. I know it can be hard sometimes. But you know from experience it’s harder at night too and it all seems better in the morning. But I’m praying for you. Love you!”

When I just feel like I’m losing:

“The fact you are texting me right now is winning. The fact you have fading scars is winning. The fact you have said ‘no’ enough to have fading scars is winning. Will depression and self-doubt be part of your story for a while? Yeah, they might be, but you control how much of your story they control and how you respond to them when they flare up in your life.”

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

If you struggle with self-harm and you need support right now, call the crisis hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741. For a list of ways to cope with self-harm urges, click here.

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Thinkstock photo via zozzzzo.

Originally published: April 3, 2017
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