The act of depression itself is a kind of death. For many it is full of pangs and penury and can be chasmic in its outlook.
Still, many can come from the brink much stronger than they initially were. Seen from the Higher standpoint, all things can be beneficial and history is full of the lives of those who were almost without hope, yet somehow turned their lives around. The secret here is the wisdom to know where we are, and to work with this discernment. Wondrous are the ways of the Lord!.