Wednesday, February 18, 2015

17-Year-Old DJ Commits Suicide After Months of Battling Depression

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This is just so sad. A 17 year old boy,  Billy Watts, from Detroit, committed suicide in October 2014 by jumping into the Detroit River. Popularly known as DJ Kill Bill, the student of Renaissance High School in Detroit documented his journey to his death on his social media.

He snapped many photos from waking up to just before killing himself on Instagram. These are some photos he took on Instagram with captions like "Smile, you' lived", "I'm here" and "Time to see if my watch is waterproof." A few minutes after posting the pics and messages, he jumped into the water. His body was found a few hours later.

DJ Kill Bill released a mixtape before committing suicide and several of the tracks on the tape are said to be quite disturbing! Described as a collection of eclectic sounds and beats that cry out somethings' wrong, the last track even features sounds of someone splashing into a body of water. Which is exactly how the young boy decided to end his life.

May his soul find peace.

Are you battling depression too? 

Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. But while overcoming depression isn’t quick or easy, it’s far from impossible.

Talking from experience, the truth is, you can’t just will yourself to “snap out of it,” but you do have some control— even if your depression is severe and stubbornly persistent.

Feeling better takes time, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day.

The key to depression recovery is to start with a few small goals and slowly build from there.

Draw upon whatever resources you have. You may not have much energy, but you probably have enough to take a short walk around the block or pick up the phone to call a loved one.

Take things one day at a time and reward yourself for each accomplishment. The steps may seem small, but they’ll quickly add up. And for all the energy you put into your depression recovery, you’ll get back much more in return.

Getting the support you need plays a big role in lifting the fog of depression and keeping it away. On your own, it can be difficult to maintain perspective and sustain the effort required to beat depression, but the very nature of depression makes it difficult to reach out for help. However, isolation and loneliness make depression even worse, so maintaining your close relationships and social activities are important.

The thought of reaching out to even close family members and friends can seem overwhelming. You may feel ashamed, too exhausted to talk, or guilty for neglecting the relationship. Remind yourself that this is the depression talking. Reaching out is not a sign of weakness and it won’t mean you’re a burden to others. Your loved ones care about you and want to help. And remember, it’s never too late to build new friendships and improve your support network.

Turn to trusted friends and family members. Share what you’re going through with the people you love and trust, face to face if possible. The people you talk to don’t have to be able to fix you; they just need to be good listeners. Ask for the help and support you need. You may have retreated from your most treasured relationships, but they can get you through this tough time.

Try to keep up with social activities even if you don’t feel like it. Often when you’re depressed, it feels more comfortable to retreat into your shell, but being around other people will make you feel less depressed.

More important involve God. Draw closer to him than ever and let him heal you.

Via Kemifilani

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