Why I Formed M.E.L.
Originally, M.E.L. simply started out as a hobby. I love writing and I love helping people, so starting a blog where I could work through my own emotions and hopefully aid others while doing so seemed like a good idea. Since then, M.E.L. has begun to flourish into a project that is much bigger than me, and I pray it will continue to grow and touch others along the way.
Besides being a personal blog, M.E.L. is intended to be a place where people can find help and hope. Growing up with depression, there was nothing like feeling like no one understood how I was feeling. I felt trapped. Like I
had to suffer in silence out of fear of being a burden to others. And then I met Melissa, who completely empathized with me and made me feel like I wasn’t the only one feeling so sad.
After conducting ample research, I now realize that there are thousands of people who feel depressed every day. That there are young children committing suicide because they believe that that is the only way out of their suffering. That there are people of all ages not getting the treatment or help that they need to truly overcome their mental illnesses. I want M.E.L. to be a place where people will realize that they are not alone. That their lives are important and no matter how dark their day may seem that they can choose to keep living. Suicide doesn’t have to be the answer. After losing Melissa, I realized that suicide only leads to more pain.
I have created M.E.L. to be a safe haven for others. To give light to those in the darkness. I truly believe it is the greatest project I will ever work on, and I hope that it will live on and help to save lives long after I am gone. So, to all those who feel hopeless, who believe that they would rather die than live and who feel
alone and misunderstood, this is my gift to you.