Today, writers, bloggers and speakers around the world are talking about mental health. The World Mental Health Organization chose to focus this year on depression.
Twitter and Facebook will be full of awareness-raising and stigma-busting. I love the power of the internet to do that. Let’s Change the cultural conversation together.
If you are struggling today please remember this:
Depression hurts, but it doesn’t mean you are broken.
You are not damaged.
You are struggling.
Every struggle is an opportunity for growth.
(And if you are thinking, take this growth and shove it, I know exactly what you mean).
You don’t have to like this to survive this.
You don’t have to like this to learn and grow from this.
This sucks, so of course you don’t like this.
You have a right to be angry. How could you not be?
You have a right to be scared.
Trust turns caves into tunnels.
When you can’t find the light at the end of your tunnel,
dare to ask someone to light a candle and hold your hand.
Instead of hiding, please seek communities of people who “get it.”
Try finding a local support group, call your doctor or the Crisisline, use #ppdchat on twitter, and join me on Facebook at the Mama’s Comfort Camp.
Whatever you do, please don’t let shame force you to do this alone.
This is adapted from my “This I Believe” Mommy-festo. I hope you will read the rest of it here, it’s juicy and has more on motherhood and community.
I’m proud to know some of the lovely and amazing writers who are not afraid to talk about depression all year round:
Loads of gratitude to:
Katherine Stone at Postpartum Progress. If you missed last week’s Strong Start Day, it’s not too late to donate to her amazing cause: http://www.postpartumprogress.com/6-kickass-reasons-why-you-should-support-postpartum-progress
Kate Harding and her In Good Company Project
Lauren Hale the founder of #PPDchat and Cristi of Motherhood Unadorned for this post today and for all the rest…
Miranda, who by being Not Super, Just Mom is a huge inspiration
Ivy for her amazing PPD blog, her book and her friendship
Amber of Beyond Postpartum, especially for today’s post
And Kathy Morelli of Birth Touch.
And of course to every single one of my Den Mothers at the Mama’s Comfort Camp, whose blogs are shining examples of the magic that happens when you are willing to talk openly about the hard stuff:
Yuz of http://www.notjustaboutwee.com/
Melissa of http://hardtomommy.blogspot.com/
Robin of http://www.farewellstranger.com/
Jen of http://tranquilamama.wordpress.com/
Jaime of http://jamesandjax.com/
Jenna of http://mademorebeautiful.com/