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Zelda Williams Just Made a Powerful Statement About Depression

September 6th 2015

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A little more than a year after her father Robin William's tragic suicide, Zelda Williams took to Instagram on Saturday to post a powerful message about depression and grief. "I live my sadness every day, but I don't resent it anymore," the 26 year old actress wrote. "Instead, I do it now so that the wonderful moments of joy I do find are not in order to forget, but to inhabit and enjoy for their own sake." 

According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability in the world, with an estimated 1 in 10 adults suffering from it at various points throughout their life.

"[For] those suffering from depression, I know how dark and endless that tunnel can feel, but if happiness seems impossible to find, please hold on to the possibility of hope, faint though it may be," Williams continued. "Because I promise you, there're enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there."

Moonrise on the lake ? I spent this night shivering and laughing under a clear, cold sky full of stars with people I love just to witness something beautiful. We mooned the moon and laughed ourselves hoarse, and I'm so incredibly grateful for every silly second. I came to a realization this year that I feel compelled to share here, for whomsoever may need it: Avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same thing as being happy. I live my sadness every day, but I don't resent it anymore. Instead, I do it now so that the wonderful moments of joy I do find are not in order to forget, but to inhabit and enjoy for their own sake. It's not easy. In fact, I'd say it takes much more effort to consciously do than it does to just stay sad, but with all my heart, I cannot tell you how worth it it is. And for those suffering from depression, I know how dark and endless that tunnel can feel, but if happiness seems impossible to find, please hold on to the possibility of hope, faint though it may be. Because I promise you, there're enough nights under the same yellow moon for all of us to share, no matter how or when you find your way there.

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According to the non-profit, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE),  suicide takes the lives of over 38,000 Americans every year. For young people (aged 10-24), suicide is the third leading cause of death

If you or someone close to you needs emotional help, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255.

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