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There have been quite a lot of posts and poems about depression recently, and very sad and tragic news of the suicide of a fellow blogger, and it’s lovely to see everybody pulling together as a community with words of support. But is it the same when it’s on your own doorstep?
It’s very easy to put on an online persona of caring, empathic individual. But if the one closest to you is suffering deeply, would you react in the same manner? Would you know what to say? Would you know what to do? When your world is suddenly turned on its head, would you go out of your way to try to help, or would you carry on regardless?
Which leads me to…
Are you an addict? Think about it. I’m not talking about drugs or alcohol here. I’m talking about smartphones, tablets, PCs – anything you can reach the internet on. Do you twitch when you don’t get your fix? Do you check your stats, likes and comments every couple of minutes? Do you live for your next hit? Try switching off for a few days. Do you have a social life outside of your online friends? When you switch back on, do you find that any of them actually missed you or even noticed you were gone?
Time for a reality check. Assuming that you don’t live alone, leave home for a few days. When you get back, see if anyone missed you or noticed you were gone. Damn right they did!
Don’t lose track of what is important. Take time for the ones you purport to love. If you see that something’s wrong, reassure them – sincerely. Don’t just carry on regardless and hope it will just go away.
It might not – but they might.