Instragram getting you down? Does everyone seem to be prettier/funnier/fitter/better dressed/better travelled compared to you? Well, you certainly wouldn’t be the first to think that way.
That’s why we have high praises to sing for fashion blogger Megan Gilbrade, who has written a candid post – alongside a series of bare-faced photographs – to describe her struggle with depression.
The 27-year-old behind lifestyle site ‘Wonderful You’ said that she uses social media to present the “best” side of herself from every angle, but many of her followers don’t see the darker times she goes through away from the lens.
“I’m unwell and there’s no shame in that,” she wrote. “Continuing to share only my best days with you isn’t what I want, it never has been.
“Lord knows I’m not the only one who has depression. But I’ve never felt so alone, so ugly, so unworthy of happiness or success.”
“There’s support for mental health, but God, it’s not enough. Especially when we live in a digital generation, where everyone’s best lives are in our faces every day,” she continued.
“I still felt such shame going to the doctors – where in the waiting room there were hundreds of pamphlets about coping with illnesses, but not one related to mental health.
“We live in a world where everyone can sympathise with a broken leg, but not a broken mind.”
She went on to share a series of un-retouched make-up free shots taken by photographer Alexandra Cameron, which she said aimed to show the toll mental health can take on physical appearance, too.
“I have breakouts due to stress and lack of sleep, I can’t be bothered to brush my hair and my skin is dehydrated and dry; but most days, this is how I look. They’re the hardest images I’ve ever shared – not because I’m make-up free, but because I can see the damage my mind has done to my face, my body.”
If you are concerned that you or someone close to you might be suffering with depression or another mental health problem, visit the Mind website here for advice on seeking support.