Nik Qistina looks like she had it all as she was growing up. She became an internet sensation at a young age, catching the attention of the world with her amazing vocal skills and even earning herself a record deal that put her firmly on her career track. But what the world did not see was the lack of support from her family members that she had to endure while growing up. And when she finally did decide to confide in her most trusted friends, she later found out that her friends had betrayed her trust and aired and belittled her problems online. So while grappling with trust issues and a need to hide her problems, Qistina found herself losing hope in life and wondering what it would feel like to be able to leave everything behind. It washer big dreams for her blossoming music career and hopes to start her own business that kept her from drowning in a morass of hopelessness. She was finally allowed to seek professional help when told her parents about her sense of hopelessness and the diminishing will power to continue living. It was then that she learned just how horrifyingly dangerous that lost hope was. She also realised then that professional help is not just for those struggling with mental illness. “When you feel overwhelmed with life, seek professional help. It truly helps because they’ll get you through rough times with mental exercises. Don’t allow your mind and thoughts to play tricks on you. Overthinking and worrying are the biggest causes that can cause you pain.” After the discovery, Qistina is now determined to change the perception of just seeking treatments for mental health issues while at the same time joining the voices to speak up about the topic.
Suicide is never the answer and these strong-willed women have shown the world that there is a reason to keep fighting even in those darkest moments of your life. It doesn’t matter what others say – if you feel that all-enveloping darkness submerging you, seek professional help. Put the shame and stigma behind you and put yourself first.