Mental health is important to the function of anyone’s daily life. So what happens when someone is suffering from depression or anxiety? It’s important to understand the sickness if you are diagnosed or simply if you have a friend with one of these conditions. As someone who has suffered from depression and knowing others who have too, it’s important to know that there are ways to feel better and help others feel better too. The stigma of depression and anxiety is dwindling rapidly in our society. Studying journalism, I find it important to discuss things rarely discussed and to put a face to issues people would rather ignore. I would hope this blog would help others in a time of need.
Aside from depression being in someone’s everyday life I think it’s important to look at depression in pop culture. The way it is talked about in movies, music, and TV. As much as people try to remove the stigma of depression, I think it also is not so easily explored or talked about. There is a difference between being sad and being depressed, alongside other mental illnesses, such as anxiety, or eating disorders. Exploring the way we are introduced to these things can also help others understand a person suffering from depression. Overall, it’s imperative to know yourself mentally, and to help understand others. Depression and other mental illness is not the end of the world, and hopefully writing about it people may be able to understand it better.