As i sit here reading an article in the local newspaper, and having a feeling of a broken heart for a family who just said goodbye to their loved one, i realised that what we are doing with ChangeTee and awareness is so important.
Working in media i can’t go anywhere in the city without one person saying hello or making a conversation. One conversation in particular had me concerned. There in front of me stood a nice lady who proceeded to tell me that she knows her kids, she would know if they were depressed and she said “Depression doesn’t run in our family”. To me this conversation needed to get deep, and fast.
I explained to her my situation. My depression. My struggles in the past with my confidence, sexuality and mental illness. All the while my family thought i was fine. I wasn’t. I was far from fine. Even to the point of receiving counselling up until 2years ago. She replied with “Really? you survived a suicide attempt all those years ago, and you still struggle?” – Yes. Yes i do i replied. And its the truth. Im nowhere near how i was years ago, but i still get down. We all do. That lady has promised me to make the conversation with her kids to make sure they are ok. Give them an opportunity to say “I need to talk”.
Unfortunately there are alot of people still out there like that lady. look at your children now. Look at your husband, your friends and family. Can you see any signs of mental illness or depression? Chances are you won’t. People are scared to open up. People are great at hiding their feelings when something is wrong. Please don’t think your family are immune to depression or mental illness. That attitude alone can make it harder for the person struggling to say those 3 words that can make a difference between life and death. Those words…. “I Need Help”