A while ago I heard a radio piece http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2016/08/25/emotions-college-students that mentioned how to help your college-age kids be more “authentic” online. They brought up the fact that we all feel pressure to keep things “happy” when we post on social media, and I’m no exception. I do my best to keep this blog happy and upbeat even when I’m feeling the opposite of that. This October we’ll acknowledge (celebrate?) Depression Awareness Month. Projects chosen for this month are, of course, fun doll crafts – yes, I can apparently work a doll project into any theme! 🙂 But each one was chosen for a specific reason.
I hope this wouldn’t happen, but let’s just pretend you overhear someone saying this to someone else:
- You’re stupid
- You’re useless
- You never do anything right
- You’re a failure
- No one likes you
- You’re ugly
- No one wants to hear what you have to say
- You’re garbage
- I wish you’d never been born
Are you already plotting how you’d intervene? Of course! But what about if you can’t hear it? One part of living with depression is YOUR OWN BRAIN saying this kind of thing to you. Imagine this… Your friend has had that sound track playing in her head ever since she woke up at 3am, insomnia and bad thoughts both courtesy of her depression. She actually managed, despite all of this, to take a shower, get dressed, choke down some cereal and drive to work! Yay! And then she opened her email and checked her to-do list and went and hid in the bathroom and cried for five minutes because it was too overwhelming.
How can you help?
You’ve heard the expression “The elephant in the room”? Depression can be just that. Here is a good site that gives helpful tips for talking to someone who’s depressed:
This week’s project is based on McCall #419 from the 1930s and resized to about 3”, which is a good stuffed animal size for a variety of dolls or small enough to keep out as a reminder of “The elephant in the room”. Make it in feedsack print scraps for Kit or period fabrics for any doll after her era.
Disclaimer: I’m a doll blogger, not a mental health professional. Please seek professional help if you think you need it! There are lots of links here and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).