It is such a difficult illness and in a lot of cases it's never cured. Sufferers can go through life zombied up to their eyeballs on medication which has serious side effects, which in turn affects every area of their life. Work, play, family, friends. They can't lead productive lives, which adds to the 'why am I here?' thoughts..
For every success story there are 10 people behind that person who will suffer for life with or without treatment, medication &/or therapy. Many times the only thing that keeps a sider here is the thought of what their family & friends would go through, which only adds to the already enormous guilt they feel for suffering the illness in the first place.
Suicide is shoved under the mat and rarely discussed unless there is murder involved. How do you address such a serious matter when it is shunned. Lack of mental health agencies, no funding and extremely limited help in this area is what most people face unless they have a tidy amount in their back pocket.
It's a disgrace.