Max Silverman talks about mental illness as a biological illness, a disease of the brain. It is an invisible illness and it is highly stigmatised. We do not know how to talk about mental illness. We do not want to talk about mental illness. We characterise it and dramatise it. We blame and we shame.
75% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about affects us physically and emotionally. It’s an epidemic of toxic emotions.
The average person has over 30,000 thoughts a day. Through an uncontrolled thought life, we create the conditions for illness; we make ourselves sick! Dr Caroline Leaf
Loving someone who struggles with depression is a costly investment. It’s hazard duty, plain and simple. It’s the brave and defiant act of heading directly into this dangerous head space and risking life and limb to get close to people when they least want you close and yet most need you to be. That proximity to another’s pain is as treacherous as it can be redemptive. John Pavlovitz
We don’t know how to talk about mental health. Mental illness is a medical condition, a disease of the brain but it is not treated as such. Mental illness is hidden and stigmatised.
3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression. While the exact cause of depression isn’t known, a number of things can be associated with its development. Generally, depression does not result from a single event, but from a combination of recent events and other longer-term or personal factors (Beyond Blue).
How would you respond if you got the comment, “Everything is awful and I’m not okay”? Here are some questions to ask yourself or someone if they feel that everything is awful and they are not okay.