DEAR HARRIETTE: I have been so sad lately, and I can't seem to snap out of it. Everything seems to be falling apart. My bills are way behind. I'm afraid to answer the phone for fear of another creditor threatening me. My husband just left me. I lost my job six months ago. I'm not kidding. All these things have happened. On the positive side, some friends have helped me out. I stayed on one friend's sofa for a month, since my husband put me out when he broke up with me. I've been in a shelter for a few weeks, but it's horrible. I don't feel like my life is worth much anymore. I don't see how it could possibly get better, and I have nowhere to turn. I feel like giving up for real. Can you help me? -- Lost, Chicago
DEAR LOST: Thank you so much for writing to me. It shows that you haven't totally given up yet. With the list of bad things that have happened to you, it's understandable that you would feel depressed. It is normal to sink into melancholy when so many negative things encroach upon your life.
That said, you do not have to give up. You do not need to be alone. In fact, I recommend that you not be alone right now. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. You can also touch base with any friends you have who are available to lend an ear, a sofa or some love. Your life can get better. Get help now. Your life is worth it!