Here is the link to the video. I couldn’t figure out how to embed it.
I just wanted to share this video. You might have seen it already. It is a moving video of a man who bravely shares his depression journey on Facebook. Through tears, I watched him talk about his silent struggle with depression and the double life he maintained in front of his friends and family. I think almost anyone who has suffered from depression could innately connect to something he said in that video. Moreover, seeing the amount of people who have seen and shared this video, it made be realize that we are more connected than we think sometimes.
Not to diminish the courage and power of the message displayed in this video, but after watching it, I also had some other thoughts. Why did it go viral? At first, I thought his message was similar to one I might have shared with my family and closest friends. What made his message different?
Than it hit me. It was so courageous because he shared such a vulnerable moment with everyone. When you think about it, on Facebook, you might not only have friends that are close family and friends, but also acquaintances, and people you are coworkers with. Imagine yourself being able to do that. That takes courage. I mean, I think sharing your vulnerability with anyone takes courage. Plus, since he shared it on the internet, he has basically almost shared it with everyone.
Secondly, it also made me realize that just because I have a safety net of close family and friends that I have heard my depression story, there are still many people who have might have little exposure to depression. This video put a face on an illness where many still suffer in silence.
More importantly, it has given me a even a bit more courage to open up and to talk to others more about my depression. Even though, the existence of this video, makes me think that the stigma still exists and that we have some ways to go before we can talk about depression openly. This video gave me hope that more people will understand depression and be able to have honest conversations about it.
On the other hand, I also think that you shouldn’t feel discouraged that you haven’t reached a place where you can talk about it. Everyone’s journey to healing is different.
Thanks for reading. 🙂