Depression is no joke. According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people suffer from it, globally. Chances are you've either experienced the crushing weight of it yourself, or you know someone who has. Making it through a bout of depression can be tough. People have tried all kinds of things — in addition to therapy and medication — to change their outlook and boost their mood.
In this case, Reddit user bovadeez used an ingenious system to help his girlfriend.
The premise is simple: positive messages and affirmations written on color-coded popsicle sticks to be read when depression has taken hold.
Asked to explain his system on Reddit, he wrote:
Each "category" is color coded so for example orange are inspirational quotes from poets, political figures, philosophers, and humanitarians across time. Yellow reminders are positive words to help you through the day things like "you're beautiful" and "it's ok to ask for help" the purple ones are tips to help her relax things like "take a break" while she's working on her master's or "listen to your favorite song". I put a fine tipped sharpie in there with the blank ones so she record moments when she's the happiest and then she can pull one of those later when she needs it.
For the yellow reminders I said things that were positive and were.. reminders. So for example I said things like "you're beautiful" "I love you" "don't be afraid to ask for help". The quotes were taken from some of my favorite authors that were based in inspiration and positive words. For accuracy and other quotes I just searched for inspirational quotes. The relaxation portions were things that I know she forgets to do like "take a break" "listen to your favorite song" and so on.
Many praised him for his desire to help his girlfriend:
His gesture inspired others to talk about their own struggles or those of loved ones:
If you or a loved one is experiencing severe depression, check out the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) for resources and help.