I just wanted you to know how terribly sorry I am that your sister is suicidal. To love someone in that state of mind is inordinately painful. I think your article is super helpful with real suggestions that will work and spot on advice for what NOT to do— in the name of helping, totally loving and well-intentioned people can say/do some pretty stupid shit! I’m glad you are not ignoring your feelings in an effort not to make her feel bad.

I have been on your sister’s side only once (that was enough) during Post partum depression, but have dealt with MDD since my twenties, on and off episodes; but as I have become stronger and learned strategies to cope (therapy, some medicine) it is way more manageable now.

I wish you and your sister and family light and abundance.

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