Engaging young people in advocacy, education & prevention
Creating social change around alcohol, drugs, and more

Understanding Depression

January 30, 2017 3:44 pm Published by Comments Off on Understanding Depression

It’s hard to comprehend depression as someone who’s never felt it before – and I think the largest roadblock to that understanding is the common assumption that when people say they suffer from “depression”, they’re referring to the natural sadness that might accompany a breakup or an unfortunate life situation.

Depression as it applies to those who suffer feels like a permanent and inescapable sense of hopelessness. Comic and writer, Allie Brosh beautifully and hysterically illustrates her own experiences here, asking us to open our eyeballs just a little bit and consider a life outside our own bubble before writing off another’s very real struggle.

Mental health awareness and understanding can only benefit us and our communities.


“And that’s the most frustrating thing about depression. It isn’t always something you can fight back against with hope. It isn’t even something — it’s nothing. And you can’t combat nothing. You can’t fill it up. You can’t cover it. It’s just there, pulling the meaning out of everything. That being the case, all the hopeful, proactive solutions start to sound completely insane in contrast to the scope of the problem.

It would be like having a bunch of dead fish, but no one around you will acknowledge that the fish are dead. Instead, they offer to help you look for the fish or try to help you figure out why they disappeared.”

An explanation (with pictures!) of Depression.