It's true that many celebrities have struggled with depression, and it's important to recognize how some of our role models might suffer from common mental illnesses. However, as young adults from widespread backgrounds, many of us have also been exposed to depression in some way, directly or indirectly. In any way you feel comfortable sharing, how have you experienced or witnessed depression in your life? Does your school, or community, respond in appropriate ways to reported cases?
Personally, I've been with a family member through a bout of geriatric depression. I feel strongly that cases of elderly depression are too often misunderstood, especially amongst medical professionals. Has anyone else seen this?