Journalist India Knight recently wrote a controversial article in which she claimed that there's no stigma surrounding depression any more and we should all move on. Mark Rice-Oxley shares this important response with an explanation of why we need to keep talking about depression.
Ask anyone with depression who has a job and they will likely tell you of a tortuous process of concealment and subterfuge. Ask anyone with depression who doesn't have a job and they will talk about an agonising dilemma in the hunt for work: to front up and risk not getting the job, or to lie and then risk being "outed" in future. And that's just in the world of work. In our wider social circles, few people really want to come clean, particularly men. Of all the men I've spoken to about their "thing", very few have been happy to be named or identified."