Instagram post“Neither chic nor fashionable” – Cathy Hummels shocked the specialist departments for depression
The influencer herself suffered from depression and spoke openly about it. A social media post on the subject brings her quite a storm.
Shitstorms are an occupational hazard for influencers. With one of her Cathy Hummels has posts on Instagram not only her supporters, but also the German Depression League against her.
Hummels poses for the camera with bedroom eyes and glittery sunglasses. On the next slide, the same photo appears, but this time in black and white. The description for it reads: “When you’re depressed, everything is often black and white. Meanwhile, the color is much nicer… but how do you get color into your dreary carousel of thoughts? One factor that can help is light. Sun. Let’s shine.” In addition, the 34-year-old is referencing her Sun ‘n’ Soul Retreat — so she’s promoting her own company.
Reason enough for the German Depression League to comment on it sharp criticism of the moderator to practice: “As an organization affected by depression, we not only find it questionable that we make banal mentions of sunlight in connection with the serious illness of depression and thus advertise your company, no, we are horrified.” And further: “Life is not that easy, depression is certainly not. Ms. Hummels, you seem to be using depression for advertising purposes. Depression is neither trendy nor fashionable. We ask that you take this into consideration in the future.”
“I was always sad, I cried a lot”
Hummels is open about the depression she suffered as a teenager. “I was sad all the time, cried a lot, isolated myself and was more of an outsider at school.” She had no friends at school for two years and was bullied. “It was an incredibly difficult time,” Hummels said in an interview with The Save “Colorful”. She went to therapy and took anti-depressants. Meanwhile, she found new courage to face life.
Sports, yoga and time for herself would help her cope with everyday life. Still, it’s a daily challenge. So the presenter knows what it’s like to be affected by an illness. Still, from the perspective of her community, she made a mistake. “Are you serious? Does the sun and a nice sip of soy milk help with depression? Your audacity, marketed as naive, knows no bounds,” writes one user.
Although (sun)light can have a supportive effect on mildly depressed moods and seasonal depression, it is by no means enough to cure the disease, Liliana Paolazzi of the Swiss foundation Pro Mente Sana writes on request. “With this post, he reinforces the prejudices that are still in the minds of some people, including those who are affected: That depression is not that bad and that you just need to pick yourself up and go to the fresh air or the sun to get better.”
You or cap Does anyone you know have depression?
For sanity, Tel. 0848 800 858
Kinderseele Schweiz, counseling for mentally stressed parents and their relatives
Postpartum Depression Association, tel. 044 720 25 55
Relatives.ch, advice and contact points
VASK, regional association for relatives
For the youth Council for Children and Youth, phone number 147
offered his hand concern hotline Tel. 143
Anxiety and Panic Help Switzerland, tel. 0848 801 109
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