I haven’t written a blog for ages, I always struggle to know what to write and what you will want to read about. But with the sad news recently that Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has taken his own life I thought I would share my thoughts.
Depression is a scary thing. So many people suffer in silence and don’t tell anyone how they are really feeling. With social media being how it is, we all feel we can only show the best bits, only posting the perfect pictures and talking about the perfect moments and “making memories”, we don’t post about the row we have just had with our husband or that we had to force ourselves to get out of bed that morning and face the day. It’s a huge amount of pressure. Social media is full of quotes saying how it’s ok not to be ok and there is always someone who needs to talk. But it’s not always that easy for someone to admit how they are feeling and to open up. I think men especially struggle to admit they are suffering. 16 men a day will take their own life in this country, that’s a horrifying statistic.
So, I don’t really know why I am writing this or what I want to say. I guess just that it is important to look out for people, check on those you might be worried about, just a text here and there can make a big difference.
As nannies we are bringing up the future generation, looking after little people at an age in their life where they are learning who they are and struggling with their emotions. So just be there for them, be an ear if they want to talk and look out for signs that they might be withdrawn and isolated.
As one of those quotes on social media says, you can be standing next to someone who is completely broken and not even know it. So just be kind, always.