|Image: Allie Brosh|
So I've written in the past about mental health issues, and couldn't help but do a quick post to highlight an absolutely bloody brilliant blogpost about depression from Ali Brosh.
Ali has always communicated stories and experiences via these fun and quirky illustrations, and hadn't posted in a long time after a previous post in depression.
Her return post highlights her experience with depression in a way that makes it very clear just how real and terrifying an experience this can be - while also being an easy and actually enjoyable read, sitting in her usual trademark style.
If you want a glimpse into the world of mental illness, because you want to understand it - read this post. If you have experience of depression, read this post because it will ring true and make you feel less alone. Basically - read this post.
Also if you want further quick and illustration-based reading on depression, try I Had A Black Dog and Living With A Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone.
I also wrote a blogpost at the beginning of last year about my own experiences with depression and anxiety. No fun illustrations I'm afraid, but an honest account of the day to day life with the illness which I suffered with a few years ago.
Having had a pretty dire chronic illness for a few years now, I can honestly say I would choose that over depression any day. Your mind is what keeps you going and when that shuts down it's a horrible and seemingly hopeless existence.
Frustratingly people often don't see that - hence the ongoing stigma around mental health. It's getting better but there's still a way to go.
So if you're still not quite sure you understand the whole mental illness thing, do some reading of one of these suggestions. It won't take long and you will leave with a lot more understanding, and hopefully also respect, for those that battle mental illness.