According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people suffer from depression globally and 800,000 of them die by suicide annually. In India, the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative estimated in 2017 that 197 million Indians (14.3 per cent of the total population) were suffering from mental disorders, of whom 46 million had depression and 45 million anxiety disorders.
I feel for depression sufferers all over the world. I know too well the feeling of overwhelming sadness and despair that is theirs alone to face. I know too well the hopelessness that is not at all understood even by close family and friends and more often than not, scoffed at.
Here is my poem dedicated to Depression and Mental Illness sufferers published on livewire. I hope it will provide some insight into what this silent illness makes one go through and possibly some strength for people who want to know that they are not alone in their lonely, dark and deadly fight.