Even if you’re not interested in the podcast about mental health and religion, keep this page handy. It is chock full of resources of all types for suicide prevention. We need to make sure these resources are handy, and get them to people who need them! https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2017/9/28/bonus-suicide-prevention-resources
On one hand, I think we could eliminate a lot of the stigma around depression, anxiety, PTSD and ADHD if we understood them to be fairly common, and normal responses to abnormal events.
On the other though, I’m concerned that trying to explain away something that can be as debilitating as depression can be could lead to an increase in people not taking it seriously. Which could lead to people not getting help as needed for it, and being blamed for not just dealing with it, etc.
I also worry that if we define mental health conditions very strictly, we’ll be increasing the stigma of those with other disorders like bipolar, or schizophrenia.
Look, I get it, you tried something and it helped you, or you’ve seen it help someone else. Clearly, you are excited about the possibility of helping others, but you’re forgetting something. You’re forgetting that the person you are sharing this advice with, isn’t you.
When you come walking into a conversation with friends, or especially into online communities with statements like the ones above, the message you are actually sending is “Gee, fixing this is easy, you’re just doing it wrong”.
Imagine using those actual words towards someone you barely know. You wouldn’t, would you? At least if you’re a decent human being, you wouldn’t. But you are totally willing to take your beliefs, your own experience, and completely railroad another person’s current reality with it, you are doing something awfully similar. In a moment of emotional vulnerability, you have come in, guns blazing, with the suggestion that all of this pain they are in, and all of this struggling they are going through, should have been easy to avoid.
“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), “Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24 … [it] is often the result of mental health conditions that affect people when they are most vulnerable.” Many of us assume that suicide could never happen to someone we love … but…
If you jumped on the anti-depressants don’t work bandwagon, maybe take a breath. The researchers conclude that this study, as well as other recent reports from the same group, provides strong support for the assumption that SSRIs exert a specific antidepressant effect. The finding shows that the benefit of antidepressants is real, and not a…