A few weeks ago I had dinner with a dear friend of mine and over the course of the night, I reminded her that I have broad shoulders and big ears. While this may be true, what I meant was that I am always open for conversation.
Blue Monday, a pseudoscience term for the third Monday of January, was conceived about ten years ago. To no surprise, the month of January can be one of the least enjoyable months of the year. Holiday bills start arriving in the mail, the weather can be cold and dreary, vacations looming in the far distance, the coming of a new year may brings memories of what we've lost in the past.
The stigma of depression and mental health runs deep.
There is great news on the horizon, with campaigns such as Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life.
This specific campaign is up front and center. The initial instillation is at Boston Logan International Airport, who partnered with McLean Hospital for this campaign, is expected to reach over one million people in 2017.
The following information is taken from the campaign's website-
Stigma often brings experiences and feelings of shame, blame, hopelessness, distress, misrepresentation in the media, and reluctance to seek and/or accept necessary help. Approximately 75% of people with a mental illness report that they have experienced stigma.
In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior,
38% of people do not want to move next door to someone who lives with mental illness.
56% do not want to spend an evening socializing with someone with mental illness.
33% do not want to make friends with someone who lives with mental illness.
58% do not want to work closely with someone with mental illness.
68% do not want someone with mental illness to marry into their family.
Having seen and experienced bouts of depression and other mental health related concerns among friends, family, co-workers, clients and myself, here is my offer to you-
My home is your home. My phone is always on. We can sit and chat or sit in silence if that's best. Need a home cooked meal or want take out, my treat. Tea, coffee, wine or chocolate-got you covered.
Just remember, I have broad shoulders and big ears. Always ready for you.