Today is the Global Day for Hope (#HOPE2015). The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) is hosting this international virtual event to share support and help raise awareness for depression and its treatment.
With over 350 million people worldwide affected by this disorder — most of whom never seek treatment — it’s time we made more of a difference. No matter what you’re going through, depression is treatable.
Join the thousands today who will work to spread greater awareness of this important message.
What can you do?
- Plant sunflowers or host a planting event and #sharehope with your community. Sunflowers grow almost anywhere… pots, gardens, yards, and fields. Share your photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest @ifredorg.
- Wear yellow today! Yellow represents the joy and happiness we feel when depression is successfully treated.
- Invite family, friends, and others to share messages of #HOPE2015 on social media. Be sure to tag us @ifredorg.
- Share, Share, Share. Post, tweet, or share a photo on social media. – Shine your light and use the hashtag #HOPE2015 and be sure to tag us @ifred.org.
- Join our Global Facebook event.
Depression is Treatable
The most important message today is that depression is a disorder that is treatable. Not always the first time you try, but most people who stick with treatment do find an answer and experience an improvement with their depressive symptoms.
We can help millions of people by reaching out to those we most love and checking in with them to ensure they’re doing okay today. Try one of these conversation starters:
“Hey, I noticed you’ve been a little distant lately… I’m here if you want to talk about it. No judgment, I promise.”
“We haven’t seen each other forever. Can we set a date to get together, as I’m a little concerned about you. I’m here for you.”
“I don’t know what, if anything, is going on with you. But I’ve been through times where I lost all hope in life and kinda feel like I’m getting that vibe from you too… Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I’m really concerned about you.”
“I don’t know how to say this, but I want you to know I’m here for you if you ever want to talk. About anything. Or nothing. I won’t judge or pretend that I understand, I promise. But I will listen if you want to talk.”
Reach out. Your effort could save someone’s life today or tonight.