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A coworker's simple gesture saved this cop's life. Hear his powerful story.

The stigma surrounding depression kills, making speech that much more important.

A coworker's simple gesture saved this cop's life. Hear his powerful story.

Officer Morgan Givens sat in his squad car, holding his police-issue gun against his temple.

"I made a bet with myself," he recalls. "If the dispatcher called me in two minutes, I wouldn't do it. And then 20 seconds before those two minutes were up, she sent me to an assault in progress. And you can't ignore those calls."

His life had been saved thanks to a dispatcher's call, but if not for a work acquaintance's urging to get help for his depression, he may not be alive today to tell this story.


It can be really hard to talk about depression and even harder to ask for help.

Everybody knows what it's like to have the blues, to feel down about something. But for millions of people with depression, it's more than that — it's clinical depression, and it can consume the whole of your existence.

Each year in the United States, its estimated that more than 40,000 people will die by suicide, many of them due in part to depression. One of the reasons for this has to do with the fact that society continues to treat depression as a weakness or personal failing rather than what it really is: an illness.

It's that stigma around depression that makes publicly speaking out about it an act of bravery in its own right.

"You're taking all these ideas that there's something wrong with you if you get to that point or that you're weak if you get to that point," Morgan told Upworthy. "The only weakness is sometimes being too afraid to ask for help because you're so downtrodden."

By sharing his story, Morgan is helping break down that stigma, and in doing so, he hopes he can convince others to do what he struggled so hard to do: reach out and get help.

Interested in hearing what Morgan has to say firsthand? Watch his story below.


Do you know someone struggling with depression? Maybe Morgan's story is worth sharing.

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Ahmed Hafnaoui had the swim of his life at just the right time on Sunday. After eeking into the men's 400-meter medal race in last place out of the eight finalists, the 18-year-old swimmer from Tunisia shocked everyone by taking home the gold in the event at the Tokyo Olympics.

Prior to the semi-finals, Hafnaoui wasn't even listed in the DraftKings Sportsbook odds of winning list, so the fact that he overtook the Australian favorites to win was extra impressive. Australia's Jack McLoughlin won the silver and American Kieran Smith took home the bronze, and though the race was close, it wasn't that close by swimming standards. Hafnaoui was the fastest swimmer, hands-down, after being the slowest of the finalists just the day before.

This, as they say, is why they play the games.

And this footage of Hafnaoui's loved ones in Tunisia reacting to his epic win is why everyone loves an underdog.

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