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. As a journalist, 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.

A little bit about me: My name is Sarah Marino. I have a BS in print journalism and am a reporter at The Dominion Post, my local newspaper. I have, for a long time, been struggling with mental illness, aside from depression I have had spouts with anorexia and also Body Dysmorphic Disorder- but depression has always been hiding in the shadows and following me around since I was a kid.

In recent days, I have found that my struggle with depression has become increasingly difficult- I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve matured or ‘grown into it’ or my environment has finally caved in on my mental well-being. I have been having the hardest time in my life with it in the last year. It is not something I can even articulate. As I stared at the screen and I tried to think of a sentence to draw a parallel- there really is nothing.  However, everyday is a new day I try to accept. Writing, is one of my passions, alongside music, film, animals, and other things- and I think making connections between all of these things and depression helps me and others understand it a little bit better.

I would hope to help others like me because not everyone is completely rational when their thoughts are going 120 miles per hour but they’re body is moving in slow motion. Depression is the most frustrating thing I think I have ever experienced. This blog is here for others to realize you really aren’t alone. A lot more people suffer from mental illness than you think, and I am always here and willing to talk about it.