This is the greatest thing I have ever seen. People do not understand that mental illnesses, such as depression, are actual chemical imbalances in your body. They are not brought on by choice. My dad was diagnosed with depression. He was so ashamed of it that he hid it from me and my brothers. A month later, he killed himself. The stigma that comes with mental illness made my Dad embarrassed to talk to his own kids about this problem because he felt like less of a man.
Erase the stigma. The more we talk about mental illness, the less likely it will end in suicide.
I wish my maths teacher would listen. She knows I’m severely depressed (like all my teachers) and she still piles on hours worth of revision and pressure on me to pass exams. Just because I don’t have an extremely depressed look on my face and essence in the air doesn’t mean I don’t want to kill myself and doesn’t mean I can handle the pressure of exams and revision. The more we TALK about mental illness the less stigmatised it is, and the easier it will be for me and many others to function.
promise me if you see this on your dash, you won’t kill yourself tonight
“Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It’s the unspoken truth of humanity, that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were madeto be ruled. In the end- you will always kneel.” ♔
A little girl gives water to riot policemen in Sarajevo in this June 10th 2013 photo. An old law lapsed in February, leaving all babies born in the country since then without personal documents. The government offered to issue temporary ID numbers until a new law is passed, but the protesters are demanding a final law be approved immediately.