#WhatYouDontSee – Depression Awareness Week
This week is Depression Awareness Week 2016. The Blurt Foundation are running a campaign called #WhatYouDontSee. It’s basically about how depression is an invisible illness and that because we cannot often see visible symptoms, it is difficult to understand the pain a person who has depression is in: mental, emotional and physical. Here is more info about this amazing campaign, please support it and read what those who have been through it and are going through it have to say: http://blurtitout.org/2016/04/18/whatyoudontsee/
Why this is important to me
Furthering the cause of breaking down depression stigmas is very close to my heart. It is a long story that I will share in future posts, as it is relevant to my writing. I truly believe that no experience, good or bad, is ever wasted if you know how to use it and learn from it. There have been times I have experienced such severe depression I did not know, literally (and those who know me, know I use the word ‘literally’, er literally – like it should be) if I would make it out alive. But I did and I believe there is a reason for that. Unaccomplished goals and a message I want to communicate means I find myself writing a novel based on depression. More on this later…
So today,as well as attempting to raise awareness of the cruel invisibility of depression to friends and followers alike, I am going to be brave, I am going to fight against the vestiges of shattered self-confidence that depression always ‘lovingly’ bestows upon me with each episode. I am going to share with you a piece of writing I may or may not use in my novel about the apparent invisibility and sneaky hiding of that bastard Mr. Depression Monster. He exists. He creeps in and haunts you, day and night. Today, I want to help shed light on him and show him up for the devious aberration he is through my writing.
Look out for the next blog post for an exclusive!
So keep ’em peeled as a wise but somewhat frankly far too chirpy copper type bloke used to say back in the day. Next blog post is a monumental first. Lisa Sell gives Mr Shitty Self Confidence a whack in the chops and applies a deft kick in the nuts to Mr Depression Monster. These fellas are just getting out of hand…