11-Year-Old’s Chart To Help Dad Living With Depression Has Twitter In Tears

Dealing with depression can be devastating, but knowing that the people around us love us and want us to be happy can make such a difference. It may not be a cure, but it’s a reminder that, when things are at their darkest, we’re not ever completely alone.

Twitter user Twinks (@tinytwink) posted a super sweet note that her 11-year-old daughter Ellie wrote for her husband, who has suffered from anxiety and depression for about six years.

Twinks wrote that her husband was “pretty good now” but added that of course there was still sometimes “a rubbish day.” Well, he’d had one of those rubbish days, and Ellie pinned the sign up next to his bed.

The note, which has been colored in to look pretty and includes a few hearts here and there, reads: “If you’re feeling down there is no need to frown! Just talk or go for a walk! Drink your coffee and eat some toffee or watch a movie or maybe sneak a little boogie!! Love xxxx Just smile!”

This is such a nice gesture, especially coming from someone so young—kids are not always known for their empathy!

Twinks explained that her husband’s depression frequently reared its head in the mornings, so now, when he woke up, this note would be the first thing he’d see.

Another thing Twinks has to be proud of, besides her daughter’s caring temperament, is that Ellie definitely knows the difference between “you’re” and “your.”


Twinks thought maybe Ellie had just found the words on Google, but it turns out she did come up with them herself.

One part of the note that people weren’t totally sure about was that last word, which does look a little like it says “bootie.”

People on Twitter loved Ellie’s note and the responses to Twinks were full of positivity.

We may not all have kids who have write us heart-warming notes, but we do have people who care about us. So if no one has written you a kind-hearted note recently, let this one be your reminder: when you’re feeling down, remember, it’s not forever.

And hey, maybe try doing a little dance, even if you don’t feel like it, just to see where that gets you.

Written by Dean

Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.