Like many other illnesses depression does not discriminate. It can affect anyone no matter their race, gender, social status, or age. It also affects everyone differently. While some can put up a facade and go about their daily lives, others can barely go out of bed.
In a now viral post shared to Facebook, Kayley Olsson describes how she witnessed the incredibly heartbreaking truth about depression.
Kayley Olsson, a hairdresser in Iowa, recently had a client who needed some help with her hair. The 16-year-old girl, who Olsson is choosing to keep anonymous, told the hairdresser that she had been suffering from depression for several years. Even such a simple thing as brushing her hair became a difficult task. After not brushing it for so long it became impossible because her hair was such a mess.
Reportedly the teen was returning to school in a few weeks and wanted to get her haircut for her school pictures.
A teenage girl came in the salon and told the hairdresser to cut all her hair off.
According to Olsson, the girl who said she only ever got out of bed to go to the bathroom, came into the salon and “told us just cut it all off” because she couldn’t deal with the inevitable pain of brushing it. She referred to herself as worthless because of how bad she let it get.
“It honestly broke my heart and we tried everything we could to keep this child’s hair for her,” Olsson wrote.
Olsson refused to cut all of her hair off. There had to be another solution.
After spending roughly 13 hours—over the course of two days—working on the teen’s hair, Olsson was able to give the girl a new look, one that she was proud of.
Many reacted positively and with their own stories about their experience with depression on Olsson’s post, though the most important reaction came from the teen herself.
“I will actually smile for my schools pictures today, you made me feel like me again,” the 16-year-old told Olsson.
Although a haircut won’t cure the teen’s depression, it gave her something to smile about.
In sharing this story with her friends on Facebook, Olsson hoped it would make people aware that anyone, no matter their age, can suffer from depression and she wants everyone, especially parents, to pay attention to their children because “A CHILD should NEVER feel so worthless to not even want to brush their hair.”