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Excerpt #4 of Lynn Crilly's 'Hope with Depression' - Myths and truths part two
Posted by SANE
23rd Jan 2020

Myths and truths – part two

Myth 4:  The taboo over depression is well and truly broken these days.

Truth: Make no mistake, huge strides have been made in the way depression is recognised and understood. The younger generation of British Royals have led their own campaign, Heads Together, to help to break the stigma around mental illness and to change how wider society understands depression and other related illnesses; when they started this, suddenly it seemed that awareness about these conditions had been placed firmly under the spotlight; since then a real shift does seem to have occurred in  how mental illness is viewed at work, by the media and in wider society. However, the battle is not won. People are still wary of admitting they have a mental illness, worried that they will be judged, excluded and even potentially find they have their careers at risk. There are still misconceptions about what mental illness really feels like, and there is still a long way to go in society’s understanding of the issues.

 

Myth 5: You cannot help people with depression.

Truth: You cannot wave a magic wand and make the depression disappear, but you can support and care for someone with the illness and show them acceptance and understanding, and in doing so you will help to make their journey through depression easier to bear. By increasing their own knowledge about depression, the close circle of people around the sufferer can understand better how their own actions can make a difference. Furthermore, appropriate professionals, teachers, youth workers and employers can play a very important part in ensuring they deal with a mental illness such as depression appropriately, just as they would a physical illness. Society as a whole can help and support people with depression, by showing tolerance, acceptance and true understanding to those who suffer from it.

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