Today was the first group of 2016 so it was interesting to hear how people had got on over the Christmas period. Group members had mixed experiences over the period which can be common for a lot of people at this time of year. However, what was encouraging was how members who had positive experiences over this time could offer messages of hope to other members who had struggled.
We discussed the feelings of depression and what it feels like to be stuck under a dark cloud with no sign of light or hope for the future. The group had recently purchased the “Reasons to stay alive” book by Matt Haig and found it to feel very real and inspired them in their recovery. Below is an excerpt from this book;
One of the key symptoms of depression is to see no hope. No future. Far from the tunnel having light at the end of it, it seems like it blocked at both ends, and you are inside it. So if I could have only known the future, that there would be one far brighter than anything I’d experienced, then the end of that tunnel would have been blown to pieces, and I could have faced the light.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post, let’s hope for a good 2016