We’ve all heard or read how the infamous Sylvia Plath stuck her head in an oven and committted suicide at the young age of thirty. (If you haven’t, click here) Plath suffered from clinical depression. We’ve also heard about other writers and creatives who suffer from depression. Many writers forget or may not even be aware that we’re more prone to writer’s depression. (https://www.everydayhealth.com/depression/why-writers-are-prone-to-depression-6709.aspx)
My aim in blogging about this today is to ease and help cope with my own depressive state at this very moment.
Out of all creatives, those who write are more prone than any other type of creatives.
If you’re not a writer but know someone who is, check in on them from time to time. Even if they seem happy. A mental health check is pertinent to that writer because we tend to isolate ourselve for hours to day to weeks or months when creating. We’re also our own worse critic and even the slightest bad review on our work can set off doubt and self-loathing within ourself. (https://thoughtcatalog.com/cody-delistraty/2014/03/the-neurological-similarities-between-successful-writers-and-the-mentally-ill/)
So check on your fellow creatives..especially our young and teen writers.
If you or anyone you know are having thoughts of suidicide, there is help:
You call or chat with someone using the above link.
Deaf or hard of hearing? tel:1-800-799-4889
This blog post is dedicated to the late Haitian blogger and writer, Kreyolicious.