Help the Head 2018
Today is World Mental Health Day.
As a (mostly) functioning depressive since 2016, I wanted to create a design that both reflected depression, illustrating some of its key components I have experienced, but also needed to have a bright exterior.
(Recognising that how you’re feeling; some days you just need to get dressed and get on with the day)
I was reluctant to design something graphic for obvious reasons, but mainly because those emotions are still personal, and as much as this design is based on my own experience, I would be frightened it would dampen people’s perception.
It’s times when I’m feeling exhausted with days that I read Matt Haig’s book ‘Reasons to stay Alive.’ As suggestive as the title is, its not all grim and scary. Haig writes in a relatable tone of voice. Understanding through his descriptions, the ups and downs depression has on a daily basis.
Someone said to me recently that ‘Depression isn’t going away, its something you have to manage.’
This stuck with me, as I was waiting for the quick fix, or the time when it would stop following me around, so hearing this, felt like a relief.
Reminding me that for all the time I am waiting for something that will never go away, I am missing the opportunities that will make me feel good.