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The internet is a dark and confronting place, at the best of times.
That is only amplified when you, or someone you know, is dealing with mental health issues or mental illness. You are seeking answers, someone to connect to, or a person’s story that has you thinking, “This is me”.
At Mamamia, every week we produce content that shares the stories and experiences of people who have been impacted by mental illness.
Instead of trying to Google your way to help, we have put together this hub of the most important and impactful content we have created on mental illness. You can come here to read, to listen, and to watch the stories that have made us cry, learn, and most importantly, feel like we can do it. Because we can.
The nine depression symptoms nobody ever talks about.
Most people understand depression to be synonymous with sadness. Yet depression is a characteristically private battle that, unless one has experienced or witnessed it personally, is unimaginable.
“I lost my Dad to suicide one year ago. This is what I wish I could say to him.”
The world after losing someone you love to suicide is a scary place. It loses its innocence, you confront an existential reality, and, if you’d been struggling to find purpose before, you question the purpose of life even more.
Despite Gabby’s Dad’s early mantra — “You’re okay, you’re okay, no blood” — there can still be immense pain without any visual signs. We need to educate ourselves to learn about mental illness, learn to recognise the signs, remove the shame and the stigma and use our power as a generation that can break the cycle.