I’m fed up about the way the media portrays depression when writing about it. Even media I trust and respect show the stereotypical ‘head in hands’ shot when illustrating articles about mental illness, and some charities that should know better do the same on their websites.
A recent article about depression and mental illness did just this. Ironically, the same newspaper champions wider understanding of mental health issues, apparently this information hasn’t reached the picture editor’s desk.
People who suffer with depression (or any other mental illness), are not necessarily in despair, and most are walking, talking, fully functioning members of society.
Between 10 and 20% of the people you know are struggling with psychological or emotional difficulties that can be classified as ‘mental illness’. In most cases you don’t know about it because they choose to keep it to themselves.