Is it OK to talk about this yet?
Every year we lose someone. Some we know, and some we are less familiar with. “We had no idea” is often a response heard when someone we know loses the battle against chronic depression. When I was growing up, a close friend of mine lost his life to suicide. Everyone was in shock. How could this happen without any obvious warning signs? I still struggle to wrap my head around this, and unfortunately, in 2017 alone, 47,173 people lost their lives to suicide. There is a stigma associated with mental illness and sadly, it is why so many keep their struggles private. Being vulnerable can also have negative consequences for finding work or maintaining employment.
It’s nearly 2020, why is this still a thing? Why is opening up about our problems seen as a sign of weakness? We talked about this in 2014; (click here to go back in time) and in 2016 we offered this story.
In what’s left of 2019, I hope that we can find it in ourselves to have an open mind. Communicate. Talk to someone. Listen. For some reason I find it easier to talk to complete strangers than those who I am closest to. I assume that I am not alone when it comes to keeping vulnerabilities out of sight. I just hope that we can all agree; just because we do not see it; does not mean it does not exist.