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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

THE MANY FACES OF DEPRESSION.


THE MANY FACES OF DEPRESSION: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
THE MANY FACES OF DEPRESSION: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
I wrote about about my recent struggles with depression at the beginning of the year and have been overwhelmed with the incredible response - the emails, messages, likes, tweets, cards, gifts and words, have been a support that's felt endless and completely unexpected. I am yet to respond to most of them because words are difficult - but please know that I will. 

I’m still in the midst of a silent hurricane - a complete turmoil, and the life I once knew exists only in memory. No matter how many people reach out I still feel utterly alone; I guess that’s depression, isn't it? 

My gratitude to the ones who get it, the ones who want to help, is all encompassing. But today I wanted to write a note to the ones who don’t - the ones who believe you have to fit a certain criteria to be struggling. The ones who think their suffering is insurmountable to others. To the ones that would rather bring someone further down than lift them up. 
THE MANY FACES OF DEPRESSION: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
THE MANY FACES OF DEPRESSION: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
THE MANY FACES OF DEPRESSION: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK


It’s surprising isn't it - because my automatic response would be ‘They don’t understand because they haven't experienced it’; but what do you do when they have, are, do? 

Perhaps it’s a lack of experience, perhaps it’s immaturity - but it doesn't really matter either way. My last blog post proved two things to me:

1.) There are so many more people than I realised suffering - who wan't their voices to be heard.

2.) We still have a long way to go before we're all heard. 

These photos were taken a the beginning of the year too -  a matter of weeks separate these images with those sat in my first post. They were taken on a day I’d felt willing to put on a face of makeup and brave the world. To me, I see a beautiful backdrop, perfect framing and a pretty outfit - but I look tired, and my eyes are blank. 

My point is this: depression has many faces. I can live a life online and not show all the horrors that happen behind closed doors. Perhaps you would have seen me on this day and thought everything looked perfect. 
The fact that I’ve shared some of my truth is not there to be measured or judged against your suffering. It’s there to say it’s okay not to be okay; that some days I can but most days I can’t. 

I don’t want to be pessimistic - I want this to be a gentle nudge, to hopefully fill a blank where education on this subject should be. I wan’t there to be a greater understanding, a louder voice, and less hostile, taboo environment for us all to exist. 

This is to say, there’s absolutely no way you can compare ones brokenness to another. 

Dragging someone down, whether they know you are or not - will always say more about you than it will about them. 

Please know that you are valued, but you are not above anyone else. And whether you understand someone's battle or not, doesn't take away from their fight. 

And to anyone suffering -  Know that owning who you are, no matter how fragile that may make you, is far superior to a life stunted by negativity.
THE MANY FACES OF DEPRESSION: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

THE MANY FACES OF DEPRESSION: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

Photography by the magical Georgia Claire

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9 comments:

Ashlynn C said...

I think all we can do is focus on ourselves and what we know we need. There will always be other people saying this or that, negative or positive. It doesn't really matter. What matters is our fight and how we fight it. Like you said, there are so many struggling, and while words may do so little to help in each other's battles, watching each other fight is its own kind of inspiration. Love you, darling. My heart is with you. Big hugs!
Ashlynn | The Crimson Cardigan

Josie Brownlee said...

You look absolutely gorgeous here btw, love your outfit! But aside from that you're absolutely right, it's so much easier, I find, to put on a brave face and pretend things aren't beating you up inside, purely to avoid the judgement and criticism (as well as the pity and worry from others) you can get from some people! I'm so glad people are beginning to speak out about things and it's beginning to be accepted by those who don't quite understand.

JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

Immy May said...

I am sending all my love your way Meg. Talking about mental health is just so important, and you have a platform here where you can reach and help so many people. You make everyone feel less alone in their own head, we are all here to support you, always! Immy x

www.immymay.com

Izzy said...

These photos are gorgeous, and this post is very true. I have heard people I know doubt other people#s mental illness because they don't "seem" sick enough but mental illness can be such a private thing, nobody knew really how much I suffered as a teenager and even now, though I'm more open, I battle mental illness in private.
I hope one day the stigma will decrease, and it won't just take more people having to experience it to be compassionate and understanding <3

The Quirky Queer

Lauren Britton Loves said...

Ah this was beautiful Megs - I definitely feel some underlying mental health issues coming out and through and it may not be in the same vein but that perspective of how a person appears vs how they are is so important to note.

Lauren x
Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

Tasha Steel said...

Oh Megs. This is so wonderfully put and honestly, I think you look beautiful in these photos. It really is okay not to be okay and we can't all be okay all the time, we need to be more open about how we feel and I think you being brave to speak out like this will really help other people too!

www.hello-freckles.com

Holly White said...

This is so true. The online world can make it seem like everything is fine and dandy, but really, no one can truly know what is happening.

I think it's completely normal to feel detached when you're depressed. I have found that even on my happiest days, I don't actually feel much or anything. And, comparing peoples mental health is one of the silliest things people can do. Mental health is so complex and each individual is different.

I think you hit the nail on the head xxx

Amelia Boswell said...

Beautiful pieces as always.

Amelia

thecurlyhairedgirl.org.uk

She Who Travels said...

This hit home so much and I'm so glad you're keeping the conversation open about depression. Online life is so so different to real life and it's so important people who don't suffer with it know that. Keep up the brilliant work, you're wonderful xx Emily

www.shewhotravels.co.uk

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