I offer my gratitude and thanks to Clara Hughes* for being such an outspoken, proud and loud champion (Olympic and otherwise) for Mental Health Awareness.
I have an 'invisible' mental health condition that I live with, everyday. I live with depression. Depression is not easy. Some days, getting dressed is an almost insurmountable task. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of. Pretending to be 'well' when I'm not is exhausting. Depression can be like the weather, unexpected and unpredictable. Some days, standing before a sink full of dishes is just as consuming and foreboding as climbing a mountain. People living without depression in their everyday lives, find that difficult to relate to, or believe, even.
I'm learning how to live with depression, and proud to add my voice to the conversation. You're not alone, ever. I will always have an ear to listen, or support anyone in finding resources to offer support.
If you or someone you know is needing support, there's great information here: http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca
*originally posted by Clara Hughes on Facebook in November, 2015