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Jackie’s story

“There are times when I thought I would never feel better, and now I know that isn’t true.”

What kind of stigma did you experience/observe?

When I tried to explain my depression to people close to me, they wanted to help right away. They said things like “just stop being sad,” or “get up and do something. You can’t just be upset and not change anything.” They didn’t understand how my illness works and what kind of language to use when talking about it. Since it is a mental illness, they had an “it’s all in your head,” mentality.

How did you overcome this experience?

I educated my close friends and family about my illness, and told them that sometimes I need to hear affirmation and validation of my feelings, rather than solutions. It took courage, but I told them I need others around me to be gentle with me when I’m depressed. I also explained that I need someone to ask me how I’m doing, otherwise I might not tell anyone because I have a hard time reaching out for help.

Help others by sharing a brief, positive message.

There are times when I thought I would never feel better, and now I know that isn’t true. I still struggle with depression, but I know how to manage it better by seeking help. There is always someone out there who cares.

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