I watched “Won’t you be my Neighbor” about Mr. Rogers last night. One message he put across to kids via a puppet is that they are not a mistake. Although, he did not bring up mental illness, I see how that could be relevant.
I AM NOT A MISTAKE! Please remember that if you are struggling with depression or another mental illness. God made you the way he did for a reason. You will be happier when you figure out why and deal with the positives of your life. You can also use your illness to help others by reaching out to those you know who are struggling, telling them that you can relate, being honest about your own illness, and could prevent a suicide if you think of it.
Suicide hotline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
International hotline: http://ibpf.org/resource/list-international-suicide-hotlines