I’m 13 years old and I would like to share my story about how I got through my depression and anxiety, in case anything I say can help other people get through it.

When I was 11 years old, me and my parents got kicked out of the house by our landlord because he chose to sell the house. We have been struggling since then and we still have not found a house to live. Money is always very tight. Us not having a house has been really hard on my mental health, and it has given me depression. Suicide has been a thought in my head many times because I thought that it would be a quick end to the pain of not having a house. My friend helped show me that isn’t the case. After we hung out for a few months, I realized that being able to talk to my friends would help me be able to get through my mental health issues, and that it would help me feel better about the situation I was in. During those few months, I also experienced a breakup with a girl that I loved a lot for no good reason, so I was confused. I was hurt. I was feeling a lot of things. My other friend said to me “I understand just if you ever feel worthless or unloved or unwanted because of it know no matter what you’re always worth something to me and I love you as a bro and your family loves you even if sometimes it doesn’t feel like it and one day you’ll find that one person that truly loves you, and I’ll always want you. There’s no better friend I could get. Whenever you feel like you need to talk to someone, I’m always here, unless I’m asleep which is very likely cause it’s summer and I sleep all day, but I’ll always make sure to help you as soon as I can” Those messages told me that even if I don’t have a house or much of anything else, I still have my friends that I can talk to when I need help or struggling with my mental health.