Depression. A word many people shy away from, don’t like to discuss or can’t. A word many hold preconceived negative stigma towards. The Blurt Foundation are an online community, their mission is to stamp out the stigma… one word at a time. They provide support through their website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. They also offered a mentoring scheme for its users, pairing up mentors and users so no-one is ever alone. The Blurt Foundation exists to support, help and inspire people who suffer from depression.
What is depression, I hear you ask according to The Blurt Foundation – Depression is a mental illness. Everyone has spells of feeling sad or low but depression is much more than that. Periods of depression can persist for weeks or months. The Dictionary definition states: severe, typically prolonged, feelings of despondency and dejection. J. K. Rowling, a sufferer of depression said, ‘It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling— that really hollowed-out feeling.’
Over the last couple of weeks I joined the Twitter ninja’s that tweet for Blurt. I have come to recognise the level of commitment and effort Blurt applies into stamping out stigma towards depression. They provide a healthy message, a small reminder to those suffering from depression that they are not alone, providing educational information on what depression is and how it can influence peoples lives, testimonials from those who have experienced depression and a way for everyone to join in the effort to stamp out stigma and stereotypes that negatively influence and impact on those who battle with depression daily. I really respect that The Blurt Foundation take such an active approach through social media to constantly share new images and messages to support and encourage those who are dealing with depression that they aren’t alone, that it’s okay to feel crap sometimes and more great info on their website.
Recently due to funds I believe The Blurt Foundation put a hold on their amazing mentor scheme. However with their #project10k mission I have no doubt that they will have it up and running to help as many people as possible. This is where you come in. Why not help them raise some dollarrssss click here if you want to know more about that. If you don’t want to fundraise you could make a big or small donation, every little helps. Whether you skip, walk, run, hop, dance, sing, cycle or bake every penny you raise/donate is accounted for with the breakdown provided here and is very much appreciated!
If you suffer from depression, please don’t suffer in silence. Try to see you GP or speak to someone you trust. If you ever feel unsafe or like you might harm yourself please call the emergency services. You are allowed to contact them if you feel you are in danger. I’m going to include some other links that you might find useful just to read for info or to get some support, check out here, here or here.