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Tuesday, August 11 marks the one-year anniversary of the death of comedian Robin Williams. The beloved comedian and actor took his own life after a long battle with severe depression. Despite the outpouring of grief following Williams’s death, depression is a disease too often fought in silence.

Today, that briefly changed, as the hashtag #TheWorstPartofDepressionIs trended worldwide on Twitter, sparking a conversation on an issue many find difficult to discuss.

The trend appears to have started with Twitter user @ShutUpAmanda.

The signal was then boosted by Jenny Lawson, a popular writer who goes by The Blogess.

Soon, tens of thousands of others joined the discussion.

While some shared personal stories, others used illustrations to express their feelings on the disease.

Even among the frank discussions of depression’s toxic effects, there was room for positivity, a reminder that there is light at the end of the tunnel.