Rarely do I make it a point to bring my personal opinions or outside quotes into this blog, but I think this is important.
In the recent wake of some of the extremely ignorant things I’ve seen posted on the internet, mainly about Robbin Williams but mostly about the controversy of suicide and validity of mental disorders, this is the best way to describe a battle that isn’t as visible as some of the more physical diseases (cancer, AIDS, etc.) While depression also manifests itself in extremely physical ways, most of these go unnoticed to others. Claiming that these types of mental health battles should be lessons and warnings to others to seek help is extremely important, but the truth is most of these mental health issues will be with sufferers for their entire lives, a constant battle that, like other diseases, is not capable of being defeated-only managed. You may not always understand it, or be able to relate to it, but support and acceptance are the biggest and most important things you can give to someone in need, either to aid them on a path to recovery, or to alleviate some of the lasting pain that these mental health issues can embed. Always be sure to treat such topics with care and sensitivity. We’re all human and struggling to find our place in this crazy, fucked up world. Being ignorant to others struggles or “lessening” them doesn’t do anything but make you look like a huge, insensitive asshole.
Always be aware and thankful for the time you have with those around you. Friends, family and strangers.(via ablacklodge)