Last night I happened upon an anonymous post in a community group I follow on Facebook asking if there were any other members suffering with depression/anxiety who would be willing to connect with them (in a group which has over 26k members in it, I’m gonna guess there’s probably a few people who may be struggling, or should I say it’s likely more like a few thousand 😵💫!).
I rarely comment in groups that I belong to but when I saw this particular post my immediate reaction was to reply back to the anonymous poster letting them know that I’d be more than happy to connect with them if they so choose to reach out. My number one goal for my mental health advocacy and writing my blog has always remained the same since day one which is to never let anyone suffering in silence or suffering in general feel as though they are all alone in their journey. So alongside my comment letting them know I’m here if they’d like to chat, I also decided to attach the link to my Blog site, explaining how I use my platform to chronicle my own personal mental health journey living with depression and anxiety as well as to let others know that it’s okay to not be okay. I also write to help end the stigma and shame surrounding mental illness and educate those who may not truly understand the many depths of what living with a mental health disorder feels like which immediately came to my attention as I read through the other comments on the post where one individual was quick to give advice, harmful advice in my opinion. She told the poster that the best way to “get over” your depression or anxiety would be, from her own experience, to not “dwell” on the negatives in your life because it will just make things worse and that she understands that we all have “bad days”. Living with depression is not as simple as having a “bad day” and it’s not so simple to just pull yourself out of it hoping it will all just disappear if you just stop thinking so negatively or get over your “bad day” which the anonymous poster gently pointed out to her in their reply. I on the other hand took a more passive-aggressive approach by hitting the angry face 🤬 emoji on the “like” button under her comment.
Within an hour of me posting the link to my blog, the anonymous group member praised me for being so open about my journey and at the very same moment I received a notification from my Blog site letting me know that my ‘stats’ were “booming” and that there’d been a sudden surge in traffic directed to my website. I quickly realized that I hadn’t just posted that link for just one individual to see, but that there was an even greater purpose in the back of my mind by posting my link as I know that there are so many others just like them who would be reading my comment and may have also been seeking that same human connection, comfort and support from their community to know that they too are not alone. As happy as I am anytime I see my stats “booming”, knowing that it’s reaching a larger audience, it still saddens me to think about how many countless, anonymous people there are out there who are truly suffering, many of them alone.
*As always, I am here for you if you need a listening ear or someone to connect with*.
Shabbat Shalom and have a peaceful weekend ahead 🥰
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