English footballer Stan Collymore is on a mission at the moment - he tweets and writes about his own depression. This column is excellent (via Quinonostante on Twitter). It explains how people who are mulling over taking their own life might rationalise what they are about to do:
"The words weak and selfish are always bandied about when people talk about suicide and nothing makes me more angry.
The notion that somebody going through that is weak could not be further from the truth.
The mind can change so quickly from dark to clear that it simply becomes a practical solution to a practical issue.
In my darkest hours, I thought about my beautiful daughter, my mum and the rest of my family.
But I decided it would be short-term pain, that they would grieve but eventually start to celebrate my life and laugh and joke about me."
People may even think they do their loved ones a favour by removing themselves from their lives - to be replaced by a better parent, spouse, friend.
But what they don't realise that this is the disease twisting their reasoning. Once they have come out at the other side and regained a measure of health, they will see how ludicrous those thought processes were. But when you are in there, really deep, you can't see the wood for the trees.
(If this strikes a chord with you, and you are thinking about killing yourself, PLEASE talk it over with somebody first, be it via phone or email - in particular if you think "oh shut up, you idiot, I know that my family would REALLY be better off without me". In the UK, for example, you can contact the Samaritans. Or google "suicide prevention" in your native language.)