Hi. I’m Veronica. And I’m thinking a lot about the stigma and the shame surrounding depression and mental health in general. I believe that shame is the thing that prevents us from asking for help and from getting better. I know that’s what prevented me. When I was depressed and self-injuring and anxious in secret, I felt terrible about myself. I felt like I was a bad person. And I felt “less than”. I kept blaming myself for the feelings and the emotions and the thoughts that I had in my mind. But now I know that all of those things are totally normal. If you had strep, your throat was aching, you had a major headache, the body aches, you had a fever, would you prevent yourself from going to the doctor and getting treatment, getting medicine? Would you feel ashamed for needing to stay in bed? Probably not. You probably want to get help immediately so that you feel better. And I think that if we start to change our mindsets and the way we feel about even how we feel, then things will start to change. So if you’re feeling depressed, if you’re struggling
and dealing with a mental illness and if you’re just, you know, thinking that you might need to take more time taking care of your mental health, there is totally nothing to be ashamed about. Depression affects more people than we know, than we talk about. And the best thing you can do is ask for help.