Photos that prove depression has no face
A new hashtag, #faceofdepression, is highlighting what a person with depression looks like. So what does a person with depression look like?
The first step to identifying whether you or someone you know suffers from depression, begins with Wesley LifeForce's SALT strategy—to see the signs.
The challenge is, as you’ll find out from the images below, that depression doesn’t look like anything at all. People often hide their mental health struggles. They don’t necessarily appear sad— they can look like any other person you would pass on the street.
The impact of depression and anxiety disorders are very common in our community but they are treatable, and the sooner help is sought out the better. Don't take everything at 'face' value. If you think or know someone who is struggling, ask "Are you OK?" before it's too late.
"This is depression in our home... I fight every day. My husband tries his best but can't break through. I don't understand it..." Facebook user, Zoe Vanmeter.
"My #faceofdepression and yes it is possible to be depressed with a child... Depression keeps you from doing things you want to do because it's literally a chemical imbalance in your brain." Facebook user, Brittany Schroeder.
"My #faceofdepression. Can't tell can you? Depression has many faces and rarely looks like people might imagine.Yes, I am smiling and I often do. I smile so I don’t make you feel bad. I don’t want you to feel like I do." @nathanbooth83 on Instagram
"This is the face of depression and suicidal thoughts. 3 years ago antidepressants saved my life and then a year and a half ago they almost claimed it because I just decided I was happy and quit taking them suddenly... #faceofdepression" @jessica.woodard.sowards on Instagram
Help is at hand. Wesley Counselling Services and Wesley Private Hospitals have specially catered services to help you or your loved one cope with their depression and develop strategies to move forward.
If you need to talk to someone immediately, Lifeline is available and ready to help you by calling 13 11 14. If you or someone you know is in danger or needs immediate medical attention, please call 000.