January and February see the highest rates of suicide every year in the UK. Credit card statements from Christmas roll in. The joys of the holidays abruptly end with a return to work. Or maybe Christmas and New Year aren’t a special time at all, and the New Year brings with it a serious case of the blues. Now is the perfect time to talk about mental illness and depression.
Some interesting facts:
We can agree that this is a huge problem, both at home and at work. So why the stigma?! It appears that society doesn’t have the ability to deal with its issues of fear and shame around subjects like mental illness. There’s a fear or inability to rationally discuss it.
Mental illness: LABEL. Depression: LABEL.
That stigma is like putting a stamp on someone’s head saying they’re defective. If you had a broken leg or high blood pressure, you’d seek help – there’s no stigma attached. Why not seek help when your brain (the most complex organism known to man!) is hurting?
Normal emotions; physiological states in response to both internal and external experiences:
A common tendency of emotions is to be appropriate, moderate and transient:
Carried emotions are usually not considered normal; they are ‘inherited’ or learned:
Just like understanding an appropriate emotion, an inappropriate emotion such as road rage, is when you’re driving and someone cuts you off, and you don’t just toot your horn for a second – instead you lay on your horn for 10 seconds, yell at them and let your day be ruined due to a minor transgression.
Societal fear and shame, is, in my opinion, the reason people aren’t opening up and discussing their depressions, their fears, their suicidal ideations, and the shame that comes with having these feelings. Talking about your feelings is an excellent way to process them. The old adage of “a problem shared is a problem halved” is so true.
If you don’t talk about it:
There is no such thing as ‘no hope.’ People love you. Your life is important.
Mental Health Matters. Let’s talk about it.
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