#BruisedMinds – A Mental Bruise

Like a Bruise

Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It's always there though. - Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Eugenides, American author, described depression as being like a bruise that never goes away.  A mental bruise, if you like, that never ever goes away.  It hurts.  It really hurts.  You have to be careful not to touch it, just as if it were a real one, but it is always there, always hurting and never healing.

Reading that quote for the first time, it resonated with me.  It really did sum up what I thought of depression, that it was like a bruise.  After all, it gives the invisible illness a “visible” quality.  You can picture a bruise.  If you try, you can imagine a bruised mind.  That, in its own way, is a good image for seeing how mental illness is just as important as a real illness.  As I’ve said in a couple of other posts, one of the biggest problems with talking about mental health is that it is invisible and considered somehow lesser than mental health.  Giving it a physical visualisation would help abolish that image.

#BruisedMinds

Keeping the image of that mental bruise in mind, I decided that I was going to launch a social media campaign that would help us raise that awareness for mental health issues.  People engage with photos so I wanted eye-catching images with captions that people can immediately interact with.  So it was with that at the forefront of my thinking that #BruisedMinds was created.

#BruisedMinds is our own unique Twitter hashtag.  Every time I post a picture from our #BruisedMinds series, it will go up under that hashtag.  Occasionally I will also post some encouragement under that same hashtag so that people can find it easily.  If you’re on Twitter, why not take a look?

Like the bruise that Eugenides describes, however, depression is a real phenomenon that needs to be challenged.  Through the #BruisedMind campaign, I intend to get more people talking about mental health, engaging in conversations with other people using social media.  Whether through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any of the other platforms, it’s our biggest tool for getting these conversations started.

Over To You

Are you active on those social networks?  Why not join the campaign, retweeting our tweets or sharing our Facebook posts?  Spread the word as far as we can and get the conversations going.  Together we can make a difference!  Together we can end the stigma.

So let’s get stuck in together!

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Author: Alex Davies

Alex Davies is the creator and writer for Pushing Back the Shadows. Find out more about his journey here and connect with him on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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