Update and rebranding

I started Out of the Dark as a journalistic blog for one of my university projects in May 2014. When I was actively posting, the blog received 440 hits in June alone, which was more interest than I could possibly hope for. Since completion of the project I have been unmotivated to keep up with this blog, despite people expressing interest.

In 2015 I plan to revive this blog, and try to post frequently. There will be a shift away from the journalism side of things, and more towards personal experiences of myself and the people around me. Please bear with me while I try to work out what works best for me and the content of Out of the Dark. 

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How Exercise Can Help Depression

I will be the first to admit that the word “exercise” makes me cringe. However, research has shown that regular exercise can help ease depression and in some cases work better than anti-depressants.

Better Living Advice And Support

achievia-exercise-helps-depressionMost people at some point in their lives will suffer from depression at varying levels of severity. Although depression can be crippling at times, there are things you can do to help prevent it before the offset, and things to help during the period.

It has been proven that exercise helps hugely with depression, however that doesn’t mean you have to go out and run a marathon every day!  It can be hard to even get out of bed sometimes when you have depression so it’s okay to just do leisurely exercise a few times a week.

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#Suicide #Survival

This post by The Bipolar Bum looks at why people decide to take their own life as a side effect of depression.
Self-harm or suicide can be such an unfathomable concept to people who do not live with mental illness. Sometimes you can no longer control your thoughts and nothing seems to make sense.
I would strongly recommend reading this no matter how much, or little you know about depression and suicide. Awareness can save lives.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please seek help. A list of international suicide hotlines are provided at the end of this post.

The Bipolar Bum

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It is the nature of the beast that when we become truly overwhelmed by depression, we begin to look for ways of stopping the pain.  We become prepared to take decisive, extreme action.

The best way to think of depression is as though it is sentient, and actively trying to subvert your thought patterns to destroy you.  Most things that feel counter-intuitive whilst depressed are usually better courses of action than the one’s that your depression will offer you.  It does not want you to behave in a way that will destroy it.

At first, the idea of self-destruction presents itself as one solution among many.  The thought for me is almost casual and I used to just ignore it.  I now take it for the warning shot that it is.  If you’re having suicidal thoughts, take that as your early-warning-system sounding an alarm.  In the grip of depression all…

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Hello and welcome

I created this blog because I was concerned about the stigma around mental illness.

I have personally lived with depression and anxiety, and have been ostracized by people who didn’t understand my situation.

Through this blog I aim to raise awareness and challenge the stigma associated with anxiety and depression by reporting truthfully on important issues.

This is a safe haven, free of prejudice.

 

The name Out of the Dark is symbolic of stepping out of the darkness and guilt associated with mental illness.

By allowing people to feel like part of an aware community, I hope that more people living with mental illness will share their stories and realise that they are not alone.

 

Information from support networks

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Black Dog Institute