During life’s journey, we often see an expanse of Blue.
Blue meant something far different to the person I met when I was working at a homeless shelter one Christmas. Blue was this person’s name, and for them, Blue also represented a colour of Melancholy and Depression.
Blue had been homeless on and off for several years, and perhaps this ground them down. Perhaps this darkened the colour so that the Blue of their Depression weighed too heavily on them because by the following Christmas, Blue had died by suicide.
Society has a problem with someone like Blue, who represents an Inconvenient Truth. Blue had been given the Male Label at birth, and so society would like to say:
'Take the Blue Male Label, as this will give you strength, stoicism and independence, and this will leave no room for the Blue of Depression.
Only those with the Pink of the Female Label can suffer from Depression because only they can experience vulnerability, emotion, and relationship.'
And yet Blue still suffered from Depression, and Blue still died by suicide. So Blue represents an Inconvenient Truth lingering over Two Fallacies that still prevail in society:
To help you get past the Two Fallacies about the Male Labelled and Depression, know these three things –
In Part 2 of this article, I will share some of the wisdom I learned from Blue. This is important stuff that Blue taught me, and even if it did not help Blue to survive, I hope that others will use it to go Beyond the Blue of their own Depression.
For now, I want to communicate this message:
We need to let our imagination go Beyond the Blue of the Male Label. If we can imagine that human nature is more complex and more unique than the Labels we use, we will open our minds to the possibility that the Male Labelled can and do suffer from Depression.
Once we see that this is possible, we will identify the warning signs that are being communicated to us. And perhaps more people will get that essential help before it is too late, before they are lost Beyond the Blue.
So what do you think?
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Chris Warren-Dickins LLB MA LPC
Therapist, writer, educator, and LGBTQ+ advocate