Same S*** Different Day: Supporting Someone with Depression

Mental health media constantly tells those with illness to talk with someone. Firstly, that is easier said than done. But secondly, if you are going to support someone with depression, and be there to listen, be prepared for the following. 1. Self Centred Tendencies Most of what gets us into dark holes are centred around […]

I’m always here for you: Supporting Someone with Depression

If you’re going to say someone with depression “I’m always here for you” then you’d better mean it. And you’d better mean all of it. You’d better mean the words “always here“. Not that you’ll be there every passing minute of every single day – we understand that you have a life to live as […]

Depression: When You Understand

I used to think suicide was a way to get attention. I’d threaten it to get someone, anyone, to notice me; to take me seriously. Then I experienced it. A mate I’d spent time growing up with hung himself. His funeral still leaves an emotional scar on my heart; hundreds of young folk with an […]

My Fight With Depression

In November 2012 I knew there was a problem. I couldn’t focus like I used to. I lost all sense of time. I couldn’t order things into priorities. I couldn’t see past one thing at a time. And as a Teacher, this limited my abilities in my workplace incredibly. By December I was almost flat […]