Hi all and especially hi to Stephen Fry.
I've been a fan of your work for many years and I admire the work you do for people suffering depression, bipolar disorder, et al.
Thanks for all you do and for providing this site & forum which I know will support and help bring to many.
I'm new here, but wanted to share with you my own little story.
I recently discovered I'm bipolar. I've gone through several bad years with my 2nd marriage crumbling and recently ending in divorce. I put my depression down to that. I felt like I had nothing left to live for. During one of my darkest periods, I started to think that it would be better just to end it all and that the world would be better without me.
A voice told me to wait.
Within the next week I got the call to donate bone marrow. As I was an exact match for the recipient, I was assured they couldn't survive without my help.
Suddenly my life had meaning again and I felt better through the process of helping someone else.
What I learned was this: there's always tomorrow and the hope of something better. We all go through 'storms' in our lives ... but it is always a temporary bad spell and sooner or later ... brighter days await us all.
Never give up!
Apologies for the glitch in the repeat posting of this one - unsure what I did wrong - I must need more coffee