The importance of Breaking the Stigma of Depression and Suicide: Mental Health week: May 8-14
Suicide and Depression have long been shrouded by shame. This is Not acceptable! What has become taboo and clouded by darkness in the world we live in needs to be brought into the light! By bringing Depression and suicide into the light we can save countless lives.
Those who live with depression are usually ashamed, they are made to feel like an outcast, that they are not accepted and this is because most people fear what they don’t understand. But, by bringing mental health into the spotlight we can help those who suffer by offering them the gift of understanding. The gift of Love.
How do we accomplish this?
We begin by learning, listening and trying to understand what another goes through. Instead of just shrugging it off and placing it on the back burner and pretending that it doesn’t exist, we bring it completely and totally into the light. We talk about it. We learn about it. We don’t judge it. We work on understanding it. We give the person who suffers our complete and total unconditional LOVE and we are there for them.
Once we begin to understand and become aware of who, what, when, why, and how, we then can bring healing and break this negative stigma surrounding depression and suicide.
Let’s look at the Who, What, When, Why and How.
It can be your best friend, your parent or sibling, a cousin, a co-worker or a neighbor. Depression does not discriminate.
What are the signs? Anxiety, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, sadness, excess sleepiness, insomnia, fatigue, loss of appetite, restlessness, excessive crying, irritability, social isolation, thoughts of suicide, repeatedly going over thoughts.
When do you step in? You step in as soon as you notice something different, once you learn to recognize the signs you become of aware of changes in someone you care about. That is the moment you step up to offer help. Never give up on helping someone that is struggling.
There are a host of reasons why. From simply because you care, to you want to make a difference. The reasons why should be obvious, but sometimes we just need a kick in the pants to truly understand that WE can make a difference.
How do you help or support? Educate yourself, what you learn you can then in turn pass on. Do not ever give up on someone you love. Encourage them to get assistance. Find resources for them. Assure them that you care. Reach out to others who may be able to help. Give them a shoulder to vent. Do not judge them. Make them laugh, bring some fun and light into their life. The most important thing is for them to know that someone actually cares; give them a reason to hope.
Never give up on someone with a mental illness. When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘WE,’ even illness becomes wellness. – Shannon Adler
There are entirely too many people who suffer in silence for fear of being judged. They are stereotyped and when people are stereotyped, they can be made to feel ashamed, afraid and guilty. It can also remove them from feeling empathy and move them away from wanting human connection and interaction. Depression can be caused by many factors, and none of them being by a person’s own free-will. Once we understand that people are not just depressed and that there are many contributing factors, we can begin to remove the stigma and stereotyping.
Until you are able to walk in another’s shoes, never pretend to know how they should think or feel. Allow them what they need & just be Loving and supportive. – Kim Bayne
Why is this so important? Because too many are dying by suicide and suffering in silence, when there is help out there. The time is now to help those who you LOVE! This isn’t something that we sit idly by and do nothing; this is what has been happening for years and it has only gotten worse. Let’s do this TODAY! Not tomorrow, not when it suits us.
Our Loved ones need us today!
Love & Light