I’m Bethany, and my parents went through a terrible divorce four years ago. I became depressed and was forced to move away from everything I loved.
My dad up and left after the divorce, which meant I had to move with my mom, three hours away from my home. I went to online school and didn’t talk to anybody. I stopped going to church and became really depressed. I had major mood swings all the time, and the smallest thing could make me so mad I just wanted life to be over. I never saw my sister, friends, or anything. I started hurting myself because I didn’t think anyone else could understand. I began drinking when I could and taking pills, but that just made everything worse. So, I finally decided I wanted to go back and see everyone I love, since my dad had moved in with his gf. But she hated me, her kids hated me, and my dad was never home. I was always in my room, depressed.
I started talking to my friends again and hanging out. That helped a little, but I was still alone a lot, which made me depressed. I met this guy, who is now my best friend, who was going through the exact same thing. His parents had a bad split, and it messed him up. He started talking me through things when I needed him to. He took me to his church once, and I’ve gone ever since. The people there don’t care what you’re going through, they just want to help and see you get better. They helped me see that there are so many people who care about you, and Jesus will always be there.
I still have bad times, but the people I choose to be around help so much. Talking to people and just getting your story out there is the first step. Everything will be okay in the end.
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