There is a lot of stigma surrounding depression and one of the main causes of this is a lack of understanding from non-depressives, it is very difficult to comprehend what goes on in the mind of someone who suffers from depression if you haven’t experienced it yourself. But in December 2014 Molly Pearce launched her project The Doodle Chronicles, through kickstarter, which shares her experiences of depression and anxiety to help fight the stigma and make other sufferers feel less alone through simple, yet effective doodles. With a goal of £100, she managed to raise £976 from 69 backers to fund her project.
Often it is hard for someone who suffers from depression to talk about how they feel or explain the way they think to others. They often feel as though they are making a fuss, or that other people aren’t interested or won’t understand. It is especially difficult for someone to tell the people they are closest to. These drawings can help that person to explain themselves to others and show them what goes on inside their head.
Also, many people with depression can feel as though they are cut off from everyone else, and that they are different and nobody knows how they feel. I first discovered Doodle Chronicles when Stephen Fry retweeted about it, and I remember looking through all of the images and feeling relief that somebody else out there felt the same way as I did, and that I wasn’t alone, and I felt connected with the person behind these wonderful creations. It had such a great effect on my mood and I suddenly went from feeling lost and hopeless to feeling uplifted and motivated to get involved.
Very few people reading this will be able to imagine my current emotional situation, but I’m sure as a student everyone can understand my current financial situation, so I gave what I could to show my support as I have never come across an idea that made me feel as inspired as this one did.
I hope everyone takes a look at the Doodle Chronicles Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook pages and shares the doodles. It might help their friends and family who are secretly or openly living with depression and encourage them to seek support. It might also help fight the stigma of depression and show normal, healthy people what it’s like to live in our minds.
I will leave you with this post I found of the doodle chronicles Facebook page
“This week, I have been tasked with keeping track of my moods and feelings on a scale of 0-100. I know it’s strange to share this, and maybe TMI, but worth it if I can give any kind of insight into what it’s like to have depression and anxiety, or if it can help anyone feel less alone in their struggles.
To understand what it is like for your feelings to be so confusingly and terrifyingly unpredictable; completely unrelated to what’s going on around you.
To long to simply feel ‘neutral’. Because wishing to feel happy would be like wishing to meet a unicorn.”
Thank you for taking the time to read this.