You Asked: Why Do People Die By Suicide?

I’ll never forget the day I found out that Robin Williams had died by suicide. The thing is he wasn’t a childhood icon to me like he was for other people my age. I barely remember Mrs. Doubtfire; I’ve never actually watched Aladdin. And yet, I read the news that day and was hit with a … Continued

About Fatou Balde

Fatou Balde is a floater in life, currently dipping her toes in communications and psychology to see what she might pursue as a career. She's been depressed since 12, and desperately trying to get better since 16.


Time Changes Everything

Yesterday was a good day – good enough that I decided to crack open my barely used journal and write about it. It’s funny because a week ago, I was experiencing the absolute worst day of my life. A bad day turned into a huge fight with my parents which led to another mental breakdown. … Continued

About Fatou Balde

Fatou Balde is a floater in life, currently dipping her toes in communications and psychology to see what she might pursue as a career. She's been depressed since 12, and desperately trying to get better since 16.


What I Wish People Knew About My Depression

I easily remember growing up with this idea that with mental health, you were either crazy or sane. Being mentally ill meant you were unable to function in our society and had to be shipped off to a psychiatric ward. Then, I educated myself, realized I suffered from depression and started treatment. However, not everyone … Continued

About Fatou Balde

Fatou Balde is a floater in life, currently dipping her toes in communications and psychology to see what she might pursue as a career. She's been depressed since 12, and desperately trying to get better since 16.


You Asked: Why Do People Self-Harm?

I remember the first time I heard about cutting. I was in 5th grade and some kid was singing a song he’d found on YouTube. “I must be emo,” was the chorus. I was young, dumb and eager to fit in. So, I sang along. When people made emo jokes, I repeated them. When people … Continued

About Fatou Balde

Fatou Balde is a floater in life, currently dipping her toes in communications and psychology to see what she might pursue as a career. She's been depressed since 12, and desperately trying to get better since 16.


A Guide to Heading to the ER for Suicidal Thoughts

They always tell you it’s an option, yet most of us don’t even think about it. When it comes down to suicidal ideation, you have a few options: wait it out, do it, or make your way to the emergency room to stay safe. Yet, this idea is terrifying. How do you make your way … Continued

About Fatou Balde

Fatou Balde is a floater in life, currently dipping her toes in communications and psychology to see what she might pursue as a career. She's been depressed since 12, and desperately trying to get better since 16.


You Asked: How Can I Help My Child with their Depression?

I’m guessing if you came across this post from a Google search, you’re trying to find a solution or gain knowledge. Maybe you’ve been blaming yourself or avoiding your child because this is all new and troubling. Don’t fear. You looking this up is a good sign; you want to do something. Neglecting your child’s … Continued

About Fatou Balde

Fatou Balde is a floater in life, currently dipping her toes in communications and psychology to see what she might pursue as a career. She's been depressed since 12, and desperately trying to get better since 16.


Lessons from my Depression

I’m not going to pretend that life with depression is a walk in the park with the occasional drizzle. Depression is overwhelming. It starts small then slowly takes over your whole life. It affects the relationships you have and makes you lose parts of yourself – the ones who had interests and felt joy and … Continued

About Fatou Balde

Fatou Balde is a floater in life, currently dipping her toes in communications and psychology to see what she might pursue as a career. She's been depressed since 12, and desperately trying to get better since 16.


You Asked: Why Don’t People With Depression Get Help?

It’s a common misconception: people with depression are just people who don’t want help. They like to sit at home and think about how miserable they are. They like to complain about how people just don’t understand them. They like to mention to everyone just how depressed they are to get attention. They’d rather stay … Continued

About Fatou Balde

Fatou Balde is a floater in life, currently dipping her toes in communications and psychology to see what she might pursue as a career. She's been depressed since 12, and desperately trying to get better since 16.