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#DayOfLight Bringing Depression Out of the Dark

Join Pushing Lovely and me on the #DayOfLight, Wednesday, February 5th. We are taking to social media to bring depression out of the dark.

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Friends, listen to me carefully. I’m rarely serious but every once in a while it’s important to be serious; and I’m serious about helping others get rid of depression.  That’s why I’m joining a bunch of lovely ladies to highlight depression and its insidious ways it has to hurt people I love and the devastating effects it has on those around it.

What is Depression?Depression is a common but serious mental illness typically marked by sad or anxious feelings. These feelings tend to linger for periods longer than 2 weeks at a time and interfere with daily activities. Depression does not discriminate based on age, race, gender or sexuality.You are not alone. Depression is often an illness of isolation. People suffer in silence, and frequently feel as if they are alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) more than 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression. Join Pushing Lovely as we work together to bring depression out of the dark and declare February 5th, 2014 the #DayOfLight.What is #DayOfLight?#DayOfLight was created to shine a light on depression, and share resources for those who are struggling with the mental illness. Bloggers from all over the country are collaborating on Wednesday, February 5th to flood social media with personal stories about living with depression, and accurate information on managing and living with the mental illness.How Can You Participate?

  • Write a blog post sharing your personal experience of depression and/or share resources to help others. Add the #DayOfLight hashtag in your post title.
  • Watch the #DayOfLight Google Hangout on Wednesday, February 5th at 11 AM EST. Tweet and ask questions. (http://bit.ly/1ilifbP)
  • Participate in the #DayOfLight twitter chat on Wednesday, February 5th at 9 PM EST (follow @PushingLovely@NotoriousSpinks, and @BrandiJeter for more information).
  • Turn your social media avatars black and white on Wednesday, February 5th so we can visually represent all of those affected by depression.
  • Share inspiring tweets, posts, and photos  on social media to encourage those who are suffering with depression to let them know that they are not alone. Use the hashtag #DayOfLight.
  • Need resources? Check out this link: http://pushinglovely.com/pushinggood/

 

Know that you’re not alone, friends. Children can also suffer from depression which hurts PammyPam even worse.  Please get help, seek out a friend (like me!), and don’t be ashamed to tell someone you are hurting.  Join us for #DayOfLight on Wednesday.  If you can’t make it Wednesday, give a shout to me or one of my Pushing Lovely friends.

You are not alone.  Whether you want me or not; I’m here for you.