Like evil, mental health issues only get stronger in silence. I very much agree with Matthew here, regardless of how awkward the conversation may be, you need the people around you to know what is happening.
While somewhat understandable (who really wants to acknowledge depression’s vice-grip?), silence is deadly. It isolates, fueling additional avoidance strategies. You hope — even beseeching to a merciful God– for a reprieve from the all-consuming thoughts and feelings. The sad irony: By seeking an escape, you further confine yourself, shackling yourself to an invisible, unbearable tormentor.