You’d have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the #metoo, #timesup movement that is happening right now, but there is another “movement” that is also gaining steam. It’s the de-stigmatization of depression. After many years, the subject of depression is finally becoming “acceptable” and no longer taboo.
Recently, more and more high-profile celebrities, musicians, professional athletes and even morning newscasters are “coming out” about their struggles with depression. They are publicizing the fact that they were (or still are) depressed and find no shame in seeking help on their own or from a professional. They are ridding the public of antiquated stereotypes, and proving that depression is a real disease that is NOT all in your head. They are showing the world that there is no reason NOT to admit that you are depressed, and no reason NOT to seek help. Depression is not a character flaw or a weakness. It does not mean you are crazy or broken, and it is way, way, way more common than you know. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, 350 million people suffer from depression. That is 6.9% of the entire population of Earth.
This movement is necessary because some old attitudes about depression still exist, especially among parents who don’t get help for their kids. One out of every 8 teens suffers from depression, but almost half of them never get help. This leads to a statistic of 5,000 teen suicides per year. This is not a small problem, and not one that will be hidden or ignored anymore! Seek help. Talk about it. Change is here! Join the movement and give it momentum.
The best example of this new attitude about depression that I have personally witnessed, is a rock musician speaking to a crowd of more than 18,000 die-hard fans in the middle of his concert about depression . . .
Dan Reynolds, of Imagine Dragons has been speaking about his own experience with depression on stages all over the world. Imagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, and has won three American Music Awards, five Billboards, one Grammy and one World Music Award, and sold over 12 million albums and 35 million singles worldwide. Their front-man, Dan Reynolds is literally a rock star! Check out this link via Dan Reynolds talking about depression – YouTube
Hopefully, now that depression is coming more out into the open, all people will feel comfortable talking about it and seeking help. The more people that talk about depression, the more help, resources, acceptance and healing will be available. If you are feeling depressed, even a little bit, please talk to someone. Share it with a friend, a coworker, or even an acquaintance. Chances are, one of the people you talk to will also be dealing with depression or know someone else who is struggling with it. Don’t suffer in silence. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to speak about depression. Everyone else is, and they are better off for doing so.
Take a look at some of the links below to see proof that depression is ok to talk about and is being shared. It is out there. Help it to become even more accepted and explored. Start talking!