Depression is...

As we are in the 21st Century, you would have thought by now that we don't surround mental health with a negative stigma and stereotypes, right? Wrong, we are still very much living in a society that sadly still doesn't understand what it cant physically see.

And I get that, to some extent. It is hard to understand something we can't physically see, but that still doesn't mean we have the right to completely disregard something that is very much real and affects more and more people everyday.

Most people have this idea that mental health, depression, in particular is just an excuse to not do anything and lay around in bed all day, when in fact that is not what depression is at all.

Depression is not washing your hair for over a month because you physically can't bring yourself to get up, not because you're being lazy but because you feel so numb and so lifeless that even when you do try to move, you feel stuck.

Depression is not eating for days even though you're stomach is crying out for nutrition, not because you have an eating disorder or because you're lazy, but because the basic life tasks feels like a marathon to do.

Depression is snapping at the ones you love because you don't want them to see you so numb and so down, You'd rather they think you're angry and push them away than them know you wish you'd not woken up that morning.

Depression is crying until there is no more tears, that you're left staring at the ceiling for hours on end.

Please go easy on your friends or family members that can't bring themselves to get out of bed in the morning, that maybe don't have the best hygiene because the simplest of tasks are too hard to bear. Please listen to them when they want to talk.

During this week and all year round, my messages are always open for those who just want a chat.

Remember, you are enough.

Helplines UK:
Anxiety UK: 08444 775 774
Men's Health Forum:
Mind: 0300 123 3393
No Panic: 0844 967 4848
OCD Action: 0845 390 6232
Papyrus: 0800 068 4141
Rethink Mental Illness: 0300 5000 927
Samaritans: 116 123
Sane: 0845 767 8000
YoungMinds (Services for parents and professionals): 0808 802 5544

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