Today, more than ever before in human history, we are facing a disconnection epidemic. Did you know that 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health issues this year alone? A few facts:
- Current surveys revealed that around 60% of people with mental health problems waited over a year to tell the people closest to them that they have a problem.
- Research indications that up to 90% of people with mental health problems feel some form of humiliation & stigma, whether from friends, family, work colleagues. It does not have be this way!
- Depression is quickly becoming more widespread, especially in our busy, stressful, modern lives. We may be more digitally connected than ever before to social media, our phones and tablets, laptops and computer, nevertheless we are becoming more disconnected from the things that matter most to us – connection to those we love the most.
- When we feel disconnected from the world, it’s like there is a huge empty void inside of us, a feeling like something’s missing, no matter that the reality is that we are surrounded by many friends and wonderful families who are truly there for support if we just ask for it.
- People who suffer depression often look for things to try to fill this emptiness like food, alcohol, drugs and any addictive behaviour. However, the only thing which can really fill the emptiness is a greater sense of meaningful connection, firstly and foremost to ourselves and to others.