Author: Trevor Simonson
Are you experiencing feelings of loneliness? Do you feel forgotten, like you are falling through the cracks? Are you missing somebody? This letter goes out to you.
This is for those who live with bipolar disorder. This is for the caregivers. For anyone who needs to hear this.
I am fortunate to have a lot of friends and family in my life. I have many people to support and encourage me.
This does not stop me from often struggling with feelings of loneliness. Sometimes when in the midst of loved ones I feel completely alone. I may feel that I do not belong, or that I do not deserve to be in their company. My mind tells a very convincing tale that my mental illness separates me from everyone else. This may lead me to isolate myself, leading to more feelings of loneliness and emptiness. If you are someone who often feels alone in a crowd of people, this letter goes out to you. I understand what you are feeling.
When I am in the throes of a depressive episode, sometimes I feel completely alone. I think that nobody understands what I am going through. I begin to feel that I have nobody to turn to. I am isolated. Suffering in silence. The truth is that people do care. We just have trouble seeing it. Depression often leads us to believe we are alone, which is not the case. Do not be afraid to reach out to others. If you know how isolating and lonely depression can be, then this letter goes out to you. I know what you are going through.
If you have lost someone in your life. A family member, a friend, or maybe a pet. Whether the loss is recent or many years ago, sadness and grief can lead to feelings of loneliness. Losses in our lives can leave holes that seem like they will never again be filled. If you have been affected by suicide I want to specially recognize you. The impact of suicide is something never to be understated. This letter goes out to you if you have feelings of loneliness from loss in your life, especially loss from suicide. Though we may never truly understand each other’s losses in life, I acknowledge what you are going through. My heart goes out to you.
I believe that the best way to combat loneliness is through communication. Whether it is being involved in the community, talking to a therapist, or simply texting a friend. I realize that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for many to be able to gather and have conversations. If you have been affected by this, you are not alone. Reach out via technology if you are able. Together we will get through this. Stay strong. Remain hopeful.