This Week in the News: How Society Handles Depression

This Week in the News: How Society Handles Depression

After the events in the news this week, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to be better about addressing depression, especially with close friends who I know are going through a difficult time.


Unless your New Year’s Resolution was to avoid social media, you might have come across posts and content focusing on vlogger Logan Paul, who took his camera into Japan’s suicide forest and recorded his reaction over finding a victim of suicide. I’m not going to focus on Logan Paul and his response, I feel like that has been done enough this week.
I do, however, want to touch on how we as a society handle depression.
I personally have just as hard a time as anyone trying to figure out how I can help my friends who are battling depression. It can feel awkward and as though we are overstepping someone else’s space if we push for answers or ask questions that might be viewed as deeply personal.
Rather than pull away because we’re uncomfortable, we should be asking questions—lots of questions. Most importantly, we should take a step back from what we think might be the problem, and actively listen to what our friend, family member, or coworker has to say without being judgmental.

Before the questions, we should also make sure we’ve done our research on how major depression and anxiety affect people. By taking some time to look research on our own before we talk to our loved ones, we’ll be able to have a better understanding of what questions we should be asking. Researching depression and anxiety can also give us information that we can use to help our friends: We can ask about the medications they might be on, whether or not they are experiencing any side effects, or help get them the information that might be useful to them.
If they aren’t sure where the depression is stemming from, giving them the space to talk about it, asking questions about how they feel, and being patient if they aren’t ready to open up can go a long way in helping them reflect on the root of their depression. If you’re not sure where to start: Start by talking about what’s stressing them out. Let them vent and open up to you, try not to interject, and listen without giving them any advice unless they ask for it first.
As individuals, and as a society, we might not know how to ask for help, or how to effectively help others. We do know, however, how to be good people. Make your friends laugh, try to take their mind off their problems—but don’t disregard their problems entirely. Be present in the conversation, tell them all the things you admire about them and point out the strengths they might be forgetting about themselves.
If it’s hard to say these things in person, write them a letter, or a cute card to say how great they are and why they mean so much to you. Take time to check in, and don’t get frustrated if they don’t reach out right away.
I know this isn’t a lighthearted way to start out the New Year, but after reading countless news articles this week on the recent Logan Paul scandal and what it means for society, I think that taking part in the bigger discussion that is taking place is important for all of us.
If you have any recommendations or personal insights to helping those you love work through their depression, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear your opinions.

Reading a book is a effective method to relax and heal your mind that I recommend you to read Furiously Happy is about depression and mental illness, but deep down it’s about joy. #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness who shares her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions. There is no doubt that life is so short that people should enjoy every moment in their life.

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Amy Nguyen

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