Depression is a serious mental illness that affects millions of people worldwide. It can cause feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness, making it difficult for individuals to function in their daily lives. Unfortunately, many people still view depression as a weakness or something that can be easily overcome with willpower alone. You know the good ole “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” mentality.

However, this is far from the truth. Depression is a medical condition that requires professional treatment and support from loved ones. Ignoring or downplaying its severity can lead to devastating consequences such as chronic health issues, self harm or even suicide.

It’s important for society to recognize the impact of depression and take steps towards destigmatizing it. This includes educating ourselves about the symptoms and seeking help when needed. We should also encourage those struggling with depression to seek professional help without judgment or shame. Let me say it again-without judgement or shame.

By treating depression as a legitimate illness rather than a personal flaw, we can create an environment where individuals feel comfortable seeking help and receiving the care they need. Together, we can work towards breaking down the barriers surrounding mental health and promoting overall well-being for all individuals.

Break the cycle. Break the Stigma. Choose help.