I have noticed this week a strong shift towards people in the public eye opening up about what has been going on deep inside when they have struggled in life. The first thing was the airing of a two part programme of Insight on SBS our multicultural channel in Australia on the incidence of depression in sports stars and athlete’s, often but not always associated with their careers. But what really came out of the programme was the understanding that so many long for attention and a sense of meaning in their lives and when such attention or meaning or connection is broken a lot of suffering ensues.
The second part of the programme aired on television here last night and a young footballer whose name I cannot remember was really open about his struggle with addiction and depression. He tried to take his life a few years ago and since then has had good professional help to deal with his mental health issues, but he as also started a foundation to help young kids who are struggling too and this is what has helped him most of all.
Opening up and overcoming our shame of feeling vulnerable is a huge part of healing from mental health issues. The more open we can be, the more understanding we can share. The video above is just one example of how opening up can help us and others and is part of the UK initiative, Heads Together. I would like to thank Summer for bringing this to my attention in a recent post. This video links to others she has shared on her blog.