#86 WHO – ‘Lets Talk About Depression’

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It is ‘World Health Day’ today, well its not. It was yesterday, but time is a relative concept and pigs can fly. It is a big day for world health though. This day is devised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and each year they pick a health issue for the world to focus on. This year it is was depression. Now given there are over 30,000 known human medical problems to choose from, this is a once in a 30 thousand year opportunity* for depression.

The campaign itself is very simple. it is called; ‘Lets Talk’. Lets talk about depression, being the inference. Now for a person who suffers from depression and writes a daily mental health blog, this part would not appear to be particularly difficult for me. However, that is not exactly the case, is it? I mean, I’m sat here in my lovely cosy cloak of anonymity, talking at people who don’t know me. In the real world, the non-digital world, I am merely a mental health ghost.

Apart from my girlfriend I don’t talk openly about it to anyone.  I don’t really ‘raise awareness’ in the real world, and on the internet it is difficult. This is something I have given much consideration too. That is because, although the majority of the world has access the internet, everyone actually hangs out in often small segregated parts of it. You’ve got the goths over there, the geeks in that corner, the jocks on that bench and the misfits in the other corner.

This is a problem.

If everyone is speaking in an echo chamber, then of course people inside of the chamber will feel part of something, sure, but the message doesn’t permeate, doesn’t get out. Now I like a good chamber as much as the next person. In fact they’re my second favourite enclosed space, but with this kind of living, you just get deeper down the worm hole, and you just hear similar views over and over again. Not to mention; agreement, agreement, agreement. You eventually pop your head up into the real world and lo and behold* there is not much agreement and your ’cause’, your big idea, which everyone in your chamber agreed was a big deal, is no longer a big deal.

This gets people frustrated, we don’t understand why the world won’t listen. Well that is because they’re down their own wormhole echo chamber thingy ma bobs. They’re all agreeing that mental illness doesn’t exist and we should invest our money into dropping bombs on foreign countries or redesigning passports, or something instead. So what the World Health Organisation does is, they come along once a year, or once every 30,000 years for depression, they pop out with a big megaphone aimed at the world, then shout:

“Hey! Theres this illness which is affecting 300 million people around the world that we are pretending doesn’t exist. Not only that, if someone doesn’t pretend it doesn’t exist we then stigmatise them for it. We reduce their access to work, we distance ourselves, and we treat them differently and don’t care. The lack of attention and care we should be giving to people with mental illness contributes to 1 million suicides world wide every year. To put that in perspective, that thing you hear about on the news every day called ‘terrorism’ is responsible for 30,000 deaths per year. That means mental health is around 3200% more deadly than terrorism, but only gets about 0.0000002% of the media coverage. Just sayin. So maybe we change our perspective on this whole thing?”

Now one day out of the whole year does seem wholly inappropriate for such a big issue, but if it gets everyone else out of their little wormhole echo chambers for a day, then I am happy*. As for me today though, I have been very busy, and I’ve done very little awareness creating. Not to worry theres always next time. In 30,000 years.

Mindfump.

*I shall just assume for the benefit of my post that they will just go through all of them concurrently. 

*In researching this paragraph, I found out the ‘lo’ bit of that phrase comes from a middle England word ‘Loke’, which means to look. So lo and behold literally means, look and see. Learning, every day. 

*Little Ironic, don’t ya think?

 

 

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28 Comments

  1. Paul Sunstone

    I didn’t realize there were that many people worldwide with the illness, nor that the suicide rate was that high. That’s certainly of more than academic interest.

    I agree with you, the echo chambers are a problem. I think of them as circle jerks that encourage extremism and delusion.

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    1. Mindfump

      Haha the terminology had me chuckle but yes I agree and as an extension of the that is a huge argument for the continuation of publicly funded TV and Radio. Without funding them turn into echo chambers too. The figures are ludicrous though. Often context is removed in the modern world, hopefully we put it back some day.

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  2. mikeandtiffblog

    Great post and it’s good to see more people raise awareness even if it is a small group of readers. The good thing about echo chambers is that if someone else hears you, then they will also start to raise awareness and therefore spreading the information on depression to others. 🙂

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  3. SalAA

    Love this (your writing, not the high suicide rate or lack of awareness!).
    I also find it easier to write than to talk about depression and my mental health. I’m really inspired by the people I know who are open about it. I’m starting being open about it online, and perhaps I’ll eventually be able to open up offline too. Despite the echo chamber effect I know it makes a difference to others going through depression to see it talked about openly, even when anonymously.

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    1. Mindfump

      Thank you 🙂 yeah I am the same, writing seems to come to me but speaking about it in person is much more challenging. I think openness is the way to go and I think over time it will continue to get easier.

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  4. Michelle Tulik

    Thank you so much for sharing! I am the same way, writing about it is much easier than talking about it face-to-face. I suppose, at least for me, I’m always worried people won’t understand and will think poorly of me…that is very sad because one shouldn’t be ashamed of having a mental disorder.
    ALSO, I wanted to thank you for following my blog, I greatly appreciate it. I also talk about mental health awareness here and there, but I show what I go through and feel through my creative writing and poetry.

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    1. Mindfump

      No need to thank me at all! I like when people express themselves in their own way. I think to raise awareness of mental health you don’t need to always talk about. The vast majority of people who have done a lot for mental health are not known for their mental health. Looking forward to seeing more!

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  5. Rebecca

    This was all very interesting. … I do think it depends on where you live in the world though…… in Denmark depression and stress has almost become fashionable to the extent that everybody has it, even when they don’t.
    I use to try and stand out with sarcasm….. They would they that they were soooo depressed…. I would say yes, I have also been diagnosed. … They would look like a big question mark and ask ‘diagnosed’? I would say, by a doctor. And then I would start dis cussing suicide techniques and medication with them…… ya, They don’t like that 😕. The conclusion in Denmark was that it was OK to say you were depressed but not to be depressed. Go figure. Here I figured I was fashionable and cool and it turned out I was just a weirdo on drugs.

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    1. Mindfump

      I can see what you mean, but I also things it is probably a step in the right direction. Rather than that no one saying anything. Nothing ever just IS, it is always just moving, and I think it is moving in the right direction. Although I do think a heavy dose of sarcasm is a cure for a lot of things. Although that isn’t prescribed by a doctor, unfortunately.

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        1. Mindfump

          That is certainly a consequence, but that is ok too I think. The alternative is far worse. It is like, either we all hide it and pretend it doesn’t exist then more people die. OR some people take advantage of the openness and miss a few days of work. I’ll take the latter. Plus work is over rated. We should all work less, and live on a boat, and eat chocolate all day and sing nursery rhymes to fish. Utopia.

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          1. Rebecca

            I will also take the latter. And I’ll take that Utopia with some minor tweeks. Cabin in the woods, no food cos I’m still not eating and I’ll sing to the bears while I catch the fish.

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