It’s okay to not be okay. You’re allowed to ask for help. For part of my freshman year and almost my entire sophomore year, I struggled with depression. I constantly felt physically drained. I would wake up, go to school, come home, and go straight to sleep. I couldn’t find the energy to do much else. (It wasn’t a very fun time for my grades) I felt alone, I felt like I was broken, I couldn’t find any sort of validation for my feelings because I didn’t think I was allowed to be depressed. It was terrifying to even think I might be. This consumed my life for basically an entire year. I started straying from my friends, from people that mattered to me the most, and even away from God, who has always been the most important part of my life. I was angry. I didn’t understand why any of this was happening to me and I felt trapped. I was losing my identity, and part of me felt like I had never really had it. What ended up helping though, was what I feared most. I told someone. I reached out, and someone was there for me. Always remember you’re never alone. As cliché as every single piece of advice regarding mental health sounds, it’s all important and good. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone! Your feelings are valid, and if no one’s told you that then take it from me. You are always loved and whether it be to a parent or someone you’re close to, it always helps to share and connect with another person. Take care of yourself. Whether it be taking a bath or a nap or just reading a book, self care is important. Above all, know it won’t always be this way. I might not be the most experienced person and maybe I’m not even qualified to say anything because of my age but I deeply believe things always get better. You won’t always be in the low you’re at now. You will be ok! You’ve got this, I believe in you.