Putting on a brave face
We’re always saying it, but it’s because it’s true, everyone goes through tough times, from the Spice Girls to The Saturdays. This was illustrated this week by Frankie Sandford, from The Saturdays, as she spoke out about her experience of depression.
From the outside it seemed Frankie had it all; fame, fortune and a hunky footballer boyfriend to boot. But, depression made Frankie think “I was worthless, that I was ugly, that I didn’t deserve anything…I thought I was selfish, miserable and ungrateful. I’d been given this amazing life, but I wasn’t happy.”
Sometimes it looks like everyone’s life is so much better than our own. We all know what it feels like on Facebook when it seems everyone’s out having the best time. But we know that this is just a projection, right? People only put the best of themselves out there, right? The fact is, nobody’s life is perfect.
No matter how perfect anyone’s life may seem, everyone needs a helping hand from time-to-time. People often put on a brave face when they’re feeling down. It can be very difficult to admit you’re not coping and sometimes you don’t, like Frankie, feel like you deserve to be happy.
Realising and asking for that helping hand when you need it can sometimes be the best thing you ever do.
We should take inspiration from Frankie as someone who experienced depression and is now very happy, “Opening up and talking about something so personal wasn’t easy, but I wanted to set the record straight and share my story in the hope that it will encourage other people suffering from the condition to get help.”