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What Eeyore has taught us about acceptance

Eeyore, his depression and his friends

You know the character, Eeyore, from the Winnie the Pooh classics. He’s the donkey who is always down, never sees sunshine in anything, suffers low self-esteem, has a droopy posture and has issues with his body image (the tail).

In short, Eeyore suffers major depression and his low episodes have lasted decades.

He’s never taken medication or seen a counselor (and he may have benefitted from this treatment). But despite that, he has friends who accept him and love him for exactly who he is.

He can be grumpy. But that’s never been a reason for his buddies not to include him in their games and adventures. He sometimes says no, but that has never stopped his friends from extending the invitation. Not once has any of the gang ever said he shouldn’t come, or they didn’t want him to come, or call him a Debbie Downer.

They just accept him for who he is and appreciate him. They take care of their friend who struggles with sadness.

So if you know someone suffering from depression, give them a hug today. Tell them you love them just the way they are.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

4 thoughts on “What Eeyore has taught us about acceptance”

  1. Dear Anne I must be so stupid. I never knew Eeyore was depressed. I had no idea about depression as a child even though I know I suffered now. No one talked about it and I was never allowed to be in a “mood”. Love Carol x

    1. One, you are not stupid. You live with a disease that plays with your mind. That’s really hard in a culture that still stigmatizes mental illness. But yeah, Eeyore was depressed and his friends still loved him how he was.

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