Over the past week or so I have seen a handful of posts on Facebook about Kristen Bell sharing her experience of depression and anxiety. I adore Kristen Bell as an actress, person and someone who shares my name. She is one of many who have experienced the horrible sadness and dread the comes with depression and anxiety. There was one article headline that required a face palm. It read, “No One Talks About This Type Of Illness — But Kristen Bell Says She’s Done Staying Silent“. At first, I thought to myself, ‘What illness? Does she have one of the diagnoses that no one really talks about?’ As I mentioned above, Bell experienced depression and anxiety. Que face palm. What do they mean “no one talks about this type of illness”?? Depression and anxiety are the most experienced and spoken about mental health diagnoses! Not only are they the most talked about experiences but the same information about them is fed to us over and over again. Are people not listening? This is starting to feel like a broken record.
I know that I’ve been talking. I know that many of you have been talking. Where are our voice getting lost?
I don’t exactly have a solution for what I’m writing about. I think I’m still emotionally charged. I know that when you’re in activism, your issue surrounds your life. I guess for many people, mental wellness is not a daily conversation. It needs to be.
Stay loud, stay proud!