Happy Friday, you guys. I know I mentioned this on Facebook, but Tuesday was World Suicide Prevention Day — which is something especially important when talking about young moms who may be overwhelmed by unfamiliar responsibilities, bombarded with judgments and comparisons, and possibly battling post-partum depression. But it's not just young parents. Millennials in general have a higher level of depression and anxiety — maybe because of the constant pressure and distractions and mass information we've grown up with.
So here are some links to read and share over the weekend:
- I've teamed up with Heidi and Krishann for a new resource: Millennials + Mental Health. Check it out.
- And this Millennial makes a raw and compelling argument for eradicating the stigma of mental illness.
- Here's another incredible video about the state of our mental health and what we can do — but focusing on children.
- In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, Gemma wrote a beautiful letter to anyone battling postpartum depression.
- And Krishann wrote a piece for TCP about the complexities of depression.
I think the important thing to understand is that most people, at some point in their life, will feel some mental instability — some mental sickness — and that there's nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about. I have, Heidi has, Gemma has — you probably have. Our brains are complex and intricate, and having depression isn't a weakness but a sickness. We all get sick at times. And like the kid says from the TED talk (linked above, too), "We live in world where if you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast. But if you tell people you're depressed, everyone runs the other way...We are so accepting of any body part breaking down, other than our brains. And that's ignorance."
Depression is a lonely sickness, though. It'll expose you to the deepest, blackest, scariest darkness until your mind is scattered and desperate and suddenly your toes are hanging over the cliff's edge. Yet the world, your family, might see a perfectly healthy person with working arms and legs and smiles, with a clean medical check-up and top-notch cholestoral. Because there's no test, no measurement, for what's happening in your brain. The only way to get better is to use your voice.
Please use it. Because you're not alone.
You're more normal than you think.