SabrinaIf you have any doubts about what depression is and isn’t, listen to poet Sabrina Benaim of Button Poetry speaking directly to her mother. It’s powerful and heart wrenching.

Depression affects 1 in 4 adults, and when you look around the party, that’s quite a few of us. That’s 350 million people in this world. It’s caused by many things: genetics, biological factors, physical illness and great loss. If you don’t experience it yourself, you can’t understand what it feels like and you certainly don’t understand how to help someone with it.

So the next time you want to say “think happy thoughts” to a depressed friend, introduce them to Sabrina. Pass her poem around. Make a really big difference.