I have been dealing with mental illness, primarily depression, for almost 15 years. The main thing I have learned on my journey is perseverance. Perseverance is key. Not only is it key, it is the only way you will make it through the ups and downs that I have been through. I have attempted suicide 7 times, been committed 4 times and have been through too many failures and mistakes to count. The one thing I can say that I did after each attempt or event is realize that I don’t want to give up, that I want to keep going, that I am going to try and keep going. Obviously I fell into the same way of negative thinking over and over again, but every time I got back on my feet I told myself once again “you can do this”. I even said it out loud at times to myself. My point in saying this is that if I didn’t do that, I would not be here today to write this to you.