Like most college students, I spent a lot of my winter break watching Netflix. My go-to on snow days and sick days is binge watching documentaries. On one of these days, I came across the documentary Not Alone. The documentary was created by Jacqueline Monetta. She had lost her best friend to suicide in high school and wanted to help other teens. Many people in today's world have struggled with depression, and her goal was to better understand this issue. Jacqueline, like myself, is a college student, so I was impressed by this documentary made by students for students.
Jacqueline starts by sharing her own experience. Caught off guard by the loss of her best friend, she realized she had not seen any signs that her friend was unhappy. She was determined to change this for other people. As I mentioned, this was made for students by students. Naturally, Jacqueline decided to speak to students about their own struggles. These stories were so inspiring. They opened up about experiences they had with the people they thought were their friends, names they were called, and the thoughts that ran though their heads. Most of these people are still struggling but are learning and working hard to combat their depression.
It brought up a lot of emotion for me. I was inspired and began to reflect on my own struggle with depression and anxiety. It had consumed most of my high school career, and in the moment, it had felt never-ending. Instead of upsetting myself over this, however, I felt proud of myself for making it to where I am today. I made it to college, I have great friends here and at home and I am much more motivated and confident that I can succeed. Our struggles are what make us who we are. In a way, I am thankful for what the experience has taught me.
I encourage everyone to watch this documentary. It does not matter if you have or have not experienced depression. You can learn about it and other people's struggles. Also, you will know what to look for if you have concerns about friends or family members that may be struggling with depression, as well. You can find it on Netflix or on their website. Jacqueline's page also has helpful information if you're looking to learn more about it.