Black Dog

I Had a Black Dog

This video has been made by the World Health Organization. It has been written, illustrated and narrated by Matthew Johnstone, we have shared it to raise important awareness of Depression, which still carries stigma and shame across the country.

I had a Black Dog script

I had a black dog.
His name was depression

He could surprise me with a visit for no reason or occasion.

At social situations, he would sniff out what confidence I had

So I invested vast amounts of energy into covering him up.

So I became rather good at self medication…

This was my first step towards recovery and a major turning point in my life

I also learnt that there was no silver bullet or magic pill.

Most importantly I learnt not to be afraid of the black dog and I taught him a few new tricks of my own.

so it’s important to learn how to quiet your mind.

The most important thing to remember is that no matter how bad it gets…

If you are in difficulty, never be afraid to ask for help.

For more information about The World Health Organization (WHO), please visit WHO’s website.

If you are struggling with your mental health we have links to apps that might be able to help you on our Mental Health Face-2Face Course Den, alternatively, please visit our Mental Health Helplines page for contact details of support.

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