With over 2 million views depressionhurts.ca is the most popular information source on depression. This website has many categories that contribute to learning and dealing with depression. It has information that is useful to those who feel they may have depression, people with depression and family and friends of those dealing with the illness. Of course, people who may want to learn more about the condition can also view this website.
What is first important about this site is that it immediately conveys the purpose of the site – depression hurts. It does. It is to the fault of no one when this illness takes it forms, but it may affect many in a single case. Learning about how to manage it from the perspective of the sufferer and the peers that surround them is extremely important. Ignoring the signs and not dealing with them when they manifest themselves can lead to a worsen condition and create other problems i.e. addiction. Depressionhurts.ca has five categories in their site; What is depression?, Could it be depression?, Managing your depression, journey to improvement and information for family and friends. These are the categories that help manage the signs of depression amongst sufferers and their peers.
The way that this site battles the stigma about mental illness is provide information about depression, information that is geared towards those who may have it and the peers of someone who has the illness. I believe that providing those who are around someone with depression with information about the illness is actually most important. More important than providing society as a whole with general information for example. The reason why giving information to direct peers of a sufferer is important is because those are the first ones who have the opportunity to help one with their illness. They are the first line of defense, so to speak, when it comes to providing support and eliminating the daunting feeling of isolation and hollowing sadness. A parent or a friend without knowledge of how to handle depression can worsen the situation for the sufferer. In any case, not just someone with mental illness, family and friends are the ones who are most influential when it comes to socializing a person. We all are influenced by our peers likes and dislikes and attitudes. So when a negative attitude towards depression is shown to someone suffering from depression, it is taken as an insult first, and second a statement that depression is not something that matters and should not be in their mind.
Learning about depression for these reasons is important. It is all part of the fight to end the stigma around mental illness. Depressionhurts.ca does the most effective job in doing this. The popularity of their site is noteworthy as well, as mentioned it has over 2 millions views. If even half of those views learned something, then this website has done an effective job in removing the stigma around mental illness.