Assignment: Are you living with depression?
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World Mental Health Day falls on October 10, and this year's theme is a condition common around the world: depression. Despite its ubiquity, clinical depression, like many mental illnesses, continues to carry a stigma. At CNN iReport, we hope to hear your personal stories of coping with depression. You could be part of a project to fight this stigma.
About 5% of the world's population suffers from depression, according to the World Health Organization, and the disease cuts across many demographics. No cure is available, but there are effective treatments. Unfortunately, many people can't access these treatments due to limited resources, or won't access them because of the stigma involved.
If you've suffered from clinical depression, we want to hear your story. Share a photo of yourself if you're comfortable, and tell us what you wish people could know or understand about this debilitating condition.
UPDATE: We profiled six people living with depression. Listen to their stories of survival here.
We appreciate that mental health is a sensitive topic, and all submissions will be treated with discretion.
If you are considering suicide, while we at CNN are not trained to offer you the best guidance on what to do right now, we are concerned for your safety and would like to direct you to someone who may be able to help. The trained counselors at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are available 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The call is free and confidential. We hope that you can remain safe, not do anything to hurt yourself, and continue to reach out. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has partnered with us to be a source of help to those who feel they can’t go on. They would love to hear from you. You can learn more about them at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.