Girl's viral message to father helps fight the stigma of depression, suicide

Girl's viral message to father helps fight the stigma of depression, suicide
(Source: Elizabth Wilkie)
(Source: Elizabth Wilkie)

(WBRC) - One young girl's heartfelt message of support and love to her father is going viral.

Ellie Wilkie says 2017 began with her father, Brian Wilkie, mentally suffering from depression and a suicide attempt. She says he is now ending the year by becoming a recovery support worker.

"The depression from my dad stemmed from the loss of his son to suicide [in] 2014, my step-brother. In the beginning, my dad followed the stigma that men should be strong and show no emotion. However, hiding it all up only led to his mass breakdown and suicide attempt. Hence why I'm here today to break this stigma."

She says words can't describe how proud she is of her father and how happy she is that he is "Breaking the Stigma."

Ellie's tweet already has over 29,000 retweets and over 167,000 likes with many people responding to her with their own personal stories. Many people are telling Elizabeth that she and her father are not along. Even though many of these people are strangers in real life, they are becoming a family through Twitter.

She her tweet went viral, Ellie and her father have reached thousands of people who needed a little bit of inspiration during their fight with depression.

If you or someone you love is struggling with the challenges of depression, free resources are available for you right now.

The National Suicide Hotline says, by starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.


  • Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders
  • Alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Major physical illnesses
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Family history of suicide
  • Job or financial loss
  • Loss of relationship(s)
  • Easy access to lethal means
  • Local clusters of suicide
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation
  • Stigma associated with asking for help
  • Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
  • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)


  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings


The National Suicide Hotline is available to you 24/7. Their number is 1-800-273-8255.

On their website, you can also read stories of hope and recovery from others who struggled with all types of mental illness including addiction, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, and recent suicide attempts.

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