I came across this article on the side entertainment edition of today’s Times newspaper. I’m not able to find the article written by Anjali Muthanna online so I’ll just quote all of it here because it basically explains everything about the hashtag.
What it is: People using the hashtag #WhatYouDontSee to shed light on the not-so-well-known aspects of struggling with depression.
How it started: An organisation dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of depression called Blurt launched the hashtag campaign, asking people to share their experiences. Since then, people have been tweeting about not only their experiences, but also in support of people suffering from the condition.
How it’s done: Encapsulate an aspect of what it feels like to suffer from depression and tweet it. You can even post a picture of an inspirational saying along with the tweet.
This tells it how it is.
I like that the organisation Blurt is taking steps to spread awareness about this and as I said only this morning in an email about depression, depression (and also anxeity) is not widely known and acknowledged in my country. At least, around me, the practice of going for counselling or to talk to someone isn’t received well.
Such a coincidence that I saw this in the paper today! Expect a tweet from my side with the hashtag soon (if you’re following me, of course) 🙂