How Will You Respond?
If someone gets the flu or bronchitis or a slew of other physical illnesses, they typically don't keep it a secret. In fact, they are the reason many companies offer sick days. But mental illnesses are completely different. They are often kept hidden, mostly because they rarely receive the same type of sympathetic response as a physical illness would. Instead, for those dealing with ailments like depression, the symptoms are often quickly dismissed.
BuzzFeed recently did a feature demonstrating this, and it was too good not to share. In it, they used simple drawings designed by web artist Haejin Park to illustrate how differently people respond to the same type of complaint based on whether it is resulting from a physical illness or a mental illness. And the message was extremely powerful.
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2) Getting Help
5) Missing Events
So please just remember — pain doesn't only show up in physical forms like cuts and bruises. A little empathy and understanding can go a long way for someone who is hurting on the inside.
"Who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too." 2 Corinthians 1:4-5
And here’s another story that will really get you thinking!