Many people, women especially, believe that they are alone—alone in their experiences, alone in their emotions, and alone in life. But if there is one thing that is good about the steady incline in social media and internet usage, it is that it evens everyone out. We are all one click away from realizing that we are not alone in our weird aches and pains or in our experiences in high school. And we are certainly not alone in our feelings of depression, anxiety or in our thoughts of suicide.
Depression is debilitating at times, and it is nearly universal. It is the number one cause of youth disability, and the third cause of adolescent death, as well, according to a study done by World Health Organization on adolescent health. Suicide is on the rise, especially in young people.
What is interesting, though, is that while nearly everyone who is experiencing depression, or who wishes to commit suicide, reports feelings of “alone-ness” or “disconnection”; the amount of people experiencing these things is at an all time high. Around the world, suicide is the main cause of death for young girls—surpassing even pregnancy and childbirth.
Millions of women (young and old) face this reality every day—while also having to face their regular daily lives. It becomes exhausting, and slowly they fade away until there is nothing left.
And while these reports are horribly sad and depressing, they may also spark some hope. We are not alone in this. We are not alone in depression or anxiety. We are not alone in life.
Brookhaven Retreat, LLC offers a place for women to come and be together, while also separately working on themselves. Here at Brookhaven Retreat, women are not alone in their struggles. They work together, and they work apart, for the good of themselves and others. And this knowledge will hopefully cross over into our lives outside of Brookhaven Retreat, and spur us all forward on our quest for mental health.