Sunday, September 19, 2010

How Many More ....

Its the end of Exercise Your Mood Week, although I cannot say that I heard all that much out there in the media about it.  At the Black Dog Institute they are calling for volunteers who can go onto become Community & Youth Presenters among other things.  Interested?

Then I read a post over at Sharnanigans about how she had recently attended the funeral of a local man in her town who committed suicide and left behind a young family.  She describes how she had an encounter with this man only a few days before and had no idea that he could have been depressed, because as she so rightly says you never know who is depressed and then goes on to say

I couldnt agree more.

And then

My guess is many, many more.

Why can our most famous celebrities talk about it but ordinary people still find it so uncomfortable?

Or maybe it is easier connect with our next door neighbours when they talk about it?

Sometime just saying hello and smiling can lift someone to heights we will never know.

And one of the best ways to lift your mood...

Remember there is always someone to talk to

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  1. Thanks BB- i posted this on my facebook page!/pages/Sharnanigans/303933436455

  2. Couldn't agree more re mental health in rural areas. Thanks for putting this up

  3. Hello. Popped over from Sharni's site.

    Recent studies show the more plugged in you are, the more likely you are to suffered bouts of depression. It seems the best antidote is strong, face-to-face relationships.

    I lived in a metropolitan area, in a townhouse. My neighbor, living in the same building died, and I didn't even know for four months. Everyone pulled their car in the garage, went into their homes and left the same way. No neighborliness until good weather blew in.

    Small towns and rural areas are, or at least were, great for building relationships We see each other in the grocery store, at church, and at the post-office, rather than just passing each other in our cars.

    There's something to be said for the old days. People had to rely so much on each other and they kept track of each other.

  4. What a beautiful post - on a topic that certainly deserves more attention.

    It's so true - kindness and lending an ear... it cannot be underestimated how valuable both these offerings can be - for both depressed people and those lucky enough NOT to be battling depression.

    It befalls us all to notice the changes in people... and reach out wherever we can.

  5. Thanks for your comments. The more we talk about it the easier it might be for everyone.

  6. Great to find this via Sharni Montgomery. I recently participated in the Black Dog Ride to raise funds and awareness and it was amazing. You can access my shared content about the ride in various ways:



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    Tony's Facebook:
    Tony's Black Dog Ride Facebook Community: