Depression can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do. It doesn’t matter if you’re wealthy or poor. It can affect anyone despite their economic background, their social status, their cultural background and even their profession.
World Suicide Prevention Day was on Monday, September 10th. I have been reflecting with my own patients. These are both patients who have contemplated suicide and patients who had loved ones who have committed suicide. After hearing their stories, I feel there are major factors and stigmas contributing to depression. I’m talking about things that we don’t hear on the news or within organizations.
So the real question I ask myself and all of you is…What can you do to start changing this stigma? Let’s do it by changing the conversations in our homes. Don’t be afraid to share with your intimate family members – whether it be your children, your spouse, and even your parents! Make sure that you’re open. Let them know that it’s ok for anyone to talk about their imperfections. Let them know that it’s ok to talk about the shame we may feel. Let them know that it’s ok to share your pressures – whether that be due to financial reasons or even relationship issues. Share what you feel and share those inadequacies. You never know who can relate to you.
Don’t be ashamed of what your feeling or the pressures you may be feeling. No one is perfect!
The stigma lies not in talking about mental health in general but in the conversations held in each home or within families. Life is stressful but it’s also how you handle these pressures…THAT is the key!
If you think your friend or loved one is depressed, make sure they have someone to talk to because chances are you have no idea what is going on in their minds. Remember, sometimes appearances can be deceiving and what we see – may not be the truth.
If you’re feeling sad, feeling helpless, feeling negative, losing your motivation, and don’t find joy in the little things get help. It’s okay.