In years gone by, people were mum about health issues like heart disease and cancer. Thanks to the internet and medical advances, these and other conditions have become standard subjects for discussion. For example, not long ago, a neighbor I rarely see (and have only a passing acquaintance with) told me very casually “I have cancer and will be starting chemo.”
Because of, or thanks to the internet, these and many other conditions have seemingly become common, accepted subjects for discussion, social media and internet traffic. While some of these conditions have a greater impact than others on our population, they have also become topics of open advertising (Viagra, Cialis, etc.).
DEPRESSION seems to only get attention when some notable takes their own life. Following the deaths of Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, DEPRESSION got a lot of airtime in virtually all media. What that same media fails to report is the prevalence of the illness among our entire population. There are millions of everyday Americans and celebrities’ that just live with the illness undenounced to
much of the public. This too is a problem!
DEPRESSION is nothing new. To mention just a few of the all-time greats who suffered with it consider: Michelangelo, Mozart, Churchill and both Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln.
The Depression Portal's mission is to break down the wall of silence around DEPRESSION. Our respective communities need to be educated about the realities of this scourge and be part of the outreach solution. We all need to get out and speak to various audiences about what we know and what we need to do collectively to let this illness out of the proverbial closet.