Depression doesn't have a "look".
Depression can look like pure unadulterated joy.
It can look like a chatty office worker.
The waiter who provides exemplary customer service.
A comedian who is causing a riot on stage.
That polite gent who wished you a "good morning" with a smile on his face.
The strong firefighter who saves lives.
A teacher who shows up day after day to teach a class of students.
It might look like a proud bride.
The life and soul of a party.
A person at the top of their game.
Any person you walk past on the street.
It can look like you.
It can look like me.
Our facial expressions, and how we look, are not the totality of how we feel inside.
People don't LOOK depressed because depression isn't a facial expression.
It's not a badge of honour nor is it a tattoo on a forehead.
Depression is debilitating. It can affect every single aspect of your life. Yet, so much of the suffering is not seen.
It's Depression Awareness Week this week (18-22 April). At Blurt, we're working on something special - we're harnessing the power of social media to reveal what living with depression is REALLY like.
To help increase awareness and understanding, we're asking people to share their insights and experiences with us - we want to highlight the reality of depression, the bits you can't always see.
We're determined to challenge the stigma around what depression 'should' look like, and show the world that ANYONE can be affected by poor mental health.
You can take part in our "What You Don't See" campaign by posting your experiences of depression on social media. Don't forget to use the hashtag #whatyousdontsee.
You might not feel ready to share your experiences - in which case, your shares, regramms and retweets are massively appreciated.
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