Today we are posting the letter C.
I’m really enjoying the feedback we’ve had already about this project (thank you!). It’s very heartening and we seem to be getting a few people talking and thinking about depression and suicide prevention.
Facebook causes Depression?
When this project began and we posted our first letter onto our Facebook account I suddenly remembered a headline I’d read a while back, sensationally titled ‘Facebook causes depression’. Yes, I took the bait and read the article and discovered that is was really about the connection between depression and the human tendancy to compare ourselves to others on Facebook (or social media in general). This phenomenon is called ‘social comparison’. Being human is complex, isn’t it? Can social media help us connect and feel better about our ordinary lives? I say ‘yes’.
I’m glad that I’m not posting as if life is perfect. Life is gritty. Life is grimey. There’s great bits and there’s tough bits and we have to talk and learn how to help each other muddle along the winding way. Together.
And that’s what this project is all about.