An Artist Creates Honest Illustrations About Depression, and They’re So Deep They Will Touch Everyone

Alice De Ste Croix, also known as Destiny Blue, is a self-taught artist from the UK who has the ability to convey her emotional state through the pictures she draws. She posts her pictures on her Instagram and Facebook pages and has already acquired more than 122,000 subscribers. This British girl’s vivid and at the same time, melancholy characters have been helping her to fight the depression she faces. Each of her works has a hidden message that she is trying to convey to others. Will you be able to read those messages?

Bright Side is impressed by the works of this talented artist and would like to share them with you.

The truth is just around the corner.

“Open my heart to you!”

“Sew closed my soul.”

When forever is over:

When you just can’t get it off your mind:

If tears left scars…

Things are not always as simple as what’s shown on the surface.

Breaking the heart and the wall

“Lose yourself in me.”

Freedom: not a number

Trapped by school

“I’m complicated.”

“It’s you who makes up your own personality, not others.”

“Writing my life”

Sometimes you have to paint your own wings.

“If music is the food of love, then wires are my feeding tubes!”

“War paint — it’s time to stand my ground!”

Toxic people need love too.

People leave marks on us. Even if we can’t see them, we feel them.

Things go so much deeper if you look.

Ordinarily extraordinary

Read between the letters.

The key of trust

When life leaves you fractured, picking yourself up and rebuilding can be hard.

Which of Destiny Blue’s works impressed you the most? Please tell us about it in the comments!

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This Mom's Post About What Depression Looks Like Is Spot On


We still have a long way to go to de-stigmatize mental health issues, even though an estimated 350,000,000 globally experience depression at some point in their lives, according to statistics from the World Health Organization. In fact, over 50 percent of people with depression don’t seek treatment. One reason is that it’s the nature of the disease to make you retreat from life. But another reason is that people don’t discuss it as openly as they should.

A woman named Brittany Ernsperger shared her personal struggle with both anxiety and depression on Facebook, sparking a conversation about what these conditions can look like in the day to day. Ernsperger shared a picture of all her clean dishes on the kitchen rack, along with a message.

She captioned it:

This is what depression looks like.

No. Not the clean dishes.
But that there were that many dishes in the first place; that I’ve gone 2 weeks without doing them.

3 days ago I sat on the kitchen floor and stared at them while I cried. I knew they needed to be done. I wanted to do them so bad.  But depression pulled me under. It sucked me in. Like a black hole. Rapidly, sinking quicksand.

I walked by them morning and night and all day long. And just looked at them. Telling myself that I could do them. Telling myself that I would. And feeling defeated every day that I didn’t. Making the depression only that much worse because not accomplishing something that needs to be done is failure.

Worthless. Failure. Piece of sh*t. Incompetent. Stupid. Lazy.  All things that roll through the mind of someone with depression. All. Day. Long.

Throw anxiety on top of it, and you’ve got yourself a real treat. Being scared your husband will leave because he thinks you’re lazy. Being scared to let people into your home because they’ll think you’re nasty. Feeling like you’re failing your kids because for the 3rd night in a row you don’t have any clean dishes to cook dinner on.. so pizza it is. Again.

And the worst part of it all, it’s not just with the dishes. The laundry, cleaning, dressing yourself, taking a shower, dressing your kids, brushing your and their teeth, normal everyday tasks. It all becomes a nightmare. A very daunting task. Somedays it doesn’t get done at all.

Depression is something that “strong” people don’t talk about because they don’t want people to think they’re “weak”.

You’re not weak. You’ve been strong for so long and through so many things, that your body needs a break.

I don’t even care if the only thing you did today, was put deodorant on. I’m proud of you for it. Good job. I’m in your corner. I’m on your side.

I’m not looking for sympathy, not in the slightest.  But I am letting everyone know that I’m here for you. I get it. If you need someone to talk to, I’m always here to help.

Ernsperger might not have been prepared for how much people would take that message to heart. Her post has been shared over 200 thousand times, and she had to update the post to say, “I wasn’t expecting this to get as much love as it has gotten. 

“Ladies, if you’re feeling this way, send me a friend request. I’ll do my best to help you or get you the help you need. We’ll figure it out together. We can only help one another by lifting each other up. I’m here for you.”

Many people responded in the comments, especially women who also feel overwhelmed by the amount of work they do on a daily basis to keep their homes together.

In an interview with Today, Ernsperger said that the response has filled her with gratitude.

“I was pretty sure I was alone,” she told Today. “I think people responded because it was such a vulnerable moment.”

She also shared some techniques that help her, which she says she learned in therapy.

“I locked myself in the bathroom. I sat in there for a half hour. I told myself, ‘I need to be kind to myself. I need to go easier on myself,’” she said. “I feel much better. I told myself I was doing a good job and my kids still love me and my husband still loves me.”

It’s a lot to do everything you need to get back on track when you’re in a depressive episode. Reach out to professionals if you can, and friends and family. There’s nothing strange or rare about it, and the more people who are able to speak openly about what they’re going through, the better is is for everyone.

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People Are Using Kate Spade's Death To Start A Serious Conversation On Depression

It’s easy to take a cynical approach to consumerism. To the world of fashion and frivolous purchases. I do it all the time.

I get angry whenever someone values name brand stuff for the sake of it being name brand, and I also find it pretty disgusting when people seem to care more about appearing successful than actually doing something successful in their lives that’s fulfilling and meaningful to them.

The kind of person who, in the seminal Post Malone track off of his masterpiece, Beerbongs and Bentleys, are like this woman: “her bag Chanel/but she drive a durango”.

Spending money on Gucci belts when you’re borrowing gas money, leasing a new Lexus while you’re living with your parents and taking pictures of it on Instagram with “inspirational” comments means your priorities are in the wrong place and you’re kinda pathetic. But that doesn’t mean liking the finer things in life is wrong, because it’s not.

For many people, earning those finer things through hard work, or treating yourself to something to celebrate an honest-to-goodness milestone means the world to you. It’s why growing up I valued the videogames I got after busting my butt in school or saving up enough money from shoveling people’s driveways way more than the rich kids who just got the game on a Tuesday from their parents for simply existing.

One of the best parts about buying those finer things, is when you gift them to someone else. I love surprising my wife with gifts and seeing her face light up when I show them to her. One of her favorite designers was Kate Spade, who, unfortunately, recently committed suicide.

The news left a lot of people shocked and expressing their condolences to the influential designer’s family.

People are now using Spade’s suicide to spark a larger conversation about mental health.

Many are doing it by sharing photos and stories about what her designs meant to them.

For some, it was a symbol of success, of attaining personal goals and dreams.

For others, it was all about the gift of giving.

Some people showed off her more unconventional designs and how much it meant to them to buy a new bag.

Others shared some embarrassing stories about having a knock-off, and meeting Kate Spade herself.

For many, Spade’s products represented the first “actual” purse they ever purchased, and the great feelings associated with getting something they really, really wanted.

For many people, it helped them cope in difficult environments.

Others testified to the quality of Spade’s products. For a bag to last from the ’90s, that’s pretty darn impressive.

Her suicide is a reminder that depression can affect us all. But you can get help.

My condolences to Kate Spade’s family in this trying time.

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