The Serina Lash

If there’s one thing we’ve learned time after time it’s this: you never know what someone else is going through.

 
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When we received Vanessa’s submission nominating her sister, Serina, we knew that we had a very special and unique opportunity to share her story so we can, in Vanessa’s words, “shine some light on depression.”

Here is an excerpt from Vanessa’s submission.

"Serina was a beautiful, kind, sweet, motivated person who never talked badly about anyone. She was 14 when she began her battle with clinical depression, and during this time she made the high school basketball team, kept a smile on her face, and had good friends and good grades.

When she was 15 she took her own life, however, her tragedy sparked dialogue among our community, and several teenagers at her school came out about their own depression and were able to seek help. I’m nominating Serina because I want to bring awareness to this mental disease, and show that the face of depression can be anyone."

 
 
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Serina’s story reminds us that anyone could be the face of depression, and that there are so many resources available for anyone that feels alone or needs help. We hope her story will inspires women reading this to do one of three things:

1) Seek help if they need it (we’ve included a few resources below).  

2) Recognize that we should treat each other with kindness, understanding and grace because you never know how someone is feeling or what they are going through.

3) Help put a face behind a disease that impacts so many people.

 
 
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We wanted to end this story with one of Vanessa’s favorite memories of Serina. Serina and Vanessa were very close sisters, and when Vanessa received her drivers license she used to drive her little sister to get treats. She said it wasn’t the cup of coffee or smoothie that made these trips important, but rather, just talking in the car, laughing and being together.

If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with depression we encourage you to reach out to the resources below to seek help

Re:mind Depression & Bipolar Support

Rtor.org

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry