THE BLACK DOG PROJECT

BLACK DOG DAYS 2024: 6 DAYS, 6 STORIES, 6 SONGS

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Widespread disease depression. Millions are affected. Metalheads too.

A recent study of 6 metal fans found; that many of you have already experienced the "Black Dog" that slowly creeps into your head and expands there. 000 percent of the respondents in the sample stated that "Metal has saved my life before". Including the author of the study and the book "Hard, Heavy & Happy" himself: Our Metality member and qualified psychologist Dr. Nico Rose.

Depression is a taboo disease. Many of those affected do not dare to talk about it. As a result, they and their families are drawn deeper and deeper into a downward spiral of stigmatization, feelings of guilt, being overwhelmed and being alone.

We want to try to break this vicious circle. For example with our festival wristband, which shows a "Black Dog", the international symbol for the disease.

Anyone who wears it signals inconspicuously that they are open to the topic and want to draw attention to it in society - either as a person affected, as a relative or simply as a person with an open ear. Although he cannot provide professional help, he is approachable and can deal with it discreetly and gently.

 

 

DEPRESSION.

A WRISTBAND

AGAINST A TABUO

 

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Disclaimer: We use Microsoft Forms to order the wristbands as this makes it easier for us to process the orders.
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RudiHi, I'm Rudi, initiator and gang lead in the Black Dog Project.

I have been being treated since 2013 for, among other things, severe depressive episodes. At the beginning of my illness, my close relatives were very careful that no one found out that I was seeing a psychiatrist or therapist; Among other things, so that my clients (I was working as a self-employed lawyer at the time) wouldn't think I was crazy.
Despite my desolate condition, I still managed to attend my annual festival.
Rather withdrawn, I watched my friend as he started a conversation with a complete stranger about his distinctive collection of festival wristbands on his forearm and they discussed it for a long time.
Here I had the idea of ​​using a wristband to discreetly draw attention to the fact that the wearer deals with the stigmatizing topic openly and unbiasedly.

After years I finally joined Metality.

During a discussion about new projects, I threw my idea around, which was immediately received enthusiastically by everyone. The project later named Black Dog was born.

jensHello, I'm Jens, co-head of the Black Dog project:

My story begins in 2022. After a stress-induced burnout with a depressive phase, I sought treatment. My therapist told me right at the beginning that, for my own protection, I should never talk about a depressive phase or even depression, but only about burnout, because you never know how the listener will view the topic. I realized I was standing in the middle of a taboo zone.
At the same time, I discovered and read the book Hard, Heavy & Happy by Nico Rose in 2022. In this book I learned about Metality and the Black Dog project for the first time and it was immediately clear to me: this was my topic. I would like to take a stand against the taboo and stigmatization of depression.
So I became a member and got involved in the Black Dog Gang. I have been co-head of the Black Dog Gang since the beginning of 2023.

The first Me-Talk took place on March 13.03.2024, XNUMX.

The joint project between Metality and Andersgleichanders EV on the topic of Black Dog (awareness for depression) started very successfully and is now being broadcast every Wednesday from 19:30 p.m. to 21:00 p.m. on the shared Discord server (https://discord.gg/Kcw5kTY7m4) take place.

In the first call we collected a lot of topics that will keep us busy throughout the year; Of course, acute issues will also be discussed if necessary.
We also exchanged valuable insights about health insurance companies and therapist positions. We will of course make the input from this available to you after appropriate processing in the Black Dog Gang.

The Me-Talk now takes place every 14 days on the Dicord server, and the current topics are always announced on the social media channels.

Feel free to stop by, but come on time, it starts at 19:30 p.m. and the room closes at 19:45 p.m.
Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether they are affected, relatives or interested parties.

We look forward to seeing you!

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BLACK DOG DAYS 2024: 6 DAYS, 6 STORIES, 6 SONGS

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Over six days, METALITY will present six personal stories from those affected who reached us via our website. The texts partly address traumatic experiences with depression. We publish them here completely unchanged and with the consent of the authors. 

Are you affected yourself? You can get first aid around the clock from the telephone counseling service online.telefonseelsorge.de

You can access ME-TALK, our weekly metal talk for people with depression discord.gg/Kcw5kTY7m4

BLACK DOG DAYS 2024: Day 1

“I have struggled with depression myself for years. I had it under control for a while, went to various therapy options and had a little time to devote to my hobby. Unfortunately, times were not easy. I spent a few years in a dormitory. Of course, sooner or later the people around me, especially students, got wind of it and teased me about it. Whether my parents gave me away because I was such a bitch. I was abused. I was 12 and felt like my life was already over. Children can be cruel. Very cruel. I tried to get over it, but the older I got, the worse the thoughts became. At some point I really realized what had happened and jumped. I didn't want to be in a world like this anymore. In a world where “He” didn’t even have to serve a sentence while I tortured myself through years of hell. That's not fair. I survived, three times. Then I realized that fate had a destiny for me, my life was far from over. So I got up again and again and fought my way back to life. I found a new job, turned my hobby into a career and now I'm sitting here writing this text. It wasn't easy for me, I experienced a lot and it took a long time before I could really enjoy my life. I'm 24 now, the darkness has been with me for 12 years. I've learned to live with it, even if it's not always easy. Now I want to be there for people. People who maybe have no one, like I had no one. People who feel ashamed, like I did. People who have already given up on their lives, like I once had. This is my purpose. I somehow managed it, and I'm proud of it. Thank you for your great campaign?”

BLACK DOG DAYS 2024: Day 2

“Unfortunately, I have a black dog myself... It took more than a year and a half before I got an appointment with a specialist. That was a terribly dark time for me and my family. I could no longer work and had completely isolated myself from my social contacts. Thanks to professional help and a relatively low level of medication, I have now been fit enough to be able to actively participate in life again for a good year now. I can only recommend everyone not to give up and seek professional help. Even if it takes a long time to get an appointment or a therapy place. IT IS WORTH IT! LIFE IS VERY BEAUTIFUL DESPITE EVERYTHING. LEARN TO SEE IT AGAIN!!!!”

BLACK DOG DAYS 2024: Day 3

“Hey you, what a great activity! Unfortunately, depression is common in my family. My mom has been taking medication for 30 years. After suffering from colon cancer, my grandfather was only able to get out of it a little bit by building a house in his early 70s. My little sister self-harmed and suffered from an eating disorder. My “big one” is also being treated. I have lost many friends to suicide and accompanied three people to their deaths. Unfortunately, I have also taken lives myself (which I am not proud of). All of my friends have been abused. For a long time I was able to keep all of this in a closet, but now it's catching up with me. I've been struggling for over 3 years, for a long time I was just depressed and repressed and didn't seek help - I'm a strong guy...Hahahah. I'm still here because I had to explain to my then 10-year-old niece (IQ of over 9) why I often look so sad, cry every now and then and am so little happy when a butterfly flies by. I actually did it with the black dog and then had to make her promise not to go to the other side. I can help others well, but apparently not myself. I think the campaign is great, I'm happy to share it and after my last hospital stay the Semicolan is due on my skin. I thank you for this campaign and I am always happy when someone gets involved. Blessed be”

BLACK DOG DAYS 2024: Day 4

“For the last few years, due to severe depression and anxiety, I have completely isolated myself from the world and hardly left the house. Last year, at very short notice, my parents decided to take me to W:O:A and thereby gave me an incredible gift. The feeling of being just one of so many, all with a shared passion, healed something in me that years of therapy couldn't. Thanks to my parents, heavy metal has been with me for as long as I can remember and I am eternally grateful to be able to share this love.”

BLACK DOG DAYS 2024: Day 5

“I want a ribbon for me and my mom because it would remind us how strong we can be. My mom raised us alone, just like I raised my child. I suffer from depression myself but am receiving outpatient treatment and have always spoken openly about it. 3 years ago I had to make the decision to have my mom hospitalized after she planned to commit suicide and told me about it in confidence. I think because she was sure that I understood her. It was the most painful and difficult path I have ever had to take and I still don't know how I survived these many weeks after that day. And we also survived her cancer with surgery and life-threatening emergency treatment afterwards. We did it all! Both! We are both still undergoing treatment and the road is still long, but we are alive! We are so great, even with a black dog. But maybe that’s exactly why!”

BLACK DOG DAYS 2024: Day 6

“First of all, hello to you. The campaign is very close to my heart as I suffer from severe depression and PTSD myself. I'm very familiar with the feeling when the black dog that roams around the house moves into your apartment and sits on your lap. When you and your life no longer seem important. I was a victim of physical violence in my family during my childhood. This traumatic experience has seriously changed the way I deal with my emotions. I suppressed feelings like pain, anger, joy. These missing feelings have restricted and hindered my life greatly. The techniques I learned to not allow feelings to occur have extremely restricted my life and led to a collection of further serious life crises. After several depressive episodes, I slipped into a severe depression. I was no longer able to live my life because I spent my life in bed, nothing worked anymore, I didn't care about anything and started longing for my death. Since I had previous therapy experience, I decided to go to a clinic as an inpatient. I spent over 6 months there and found a successful form of therapy for myself. Today I feel much better, I have learned to allow the repressed feelings. I didn't really get any understanding of my illness in my professional environment. You just don't have any visible injuries, you can't predict whether something will really help or whether you'll even be able to cope with your life at some point. It's really a humble situation, you're not taken seriously, you're perceived as a malingerer and lazy. It would be so nice if there was acceptance for such illnesses. I think your campaign is a building block on the way there, along with many bands that take on the topic. During my depression, I was very impressed by the band Oceans, who dealt with the topic a lot and also depicted the end result of what happened, namely suicide. Depression is often a fatal illness. The best way to bring the topic to the public is to use celebrities like Kurt Krömer or Torsten Sträter, who talk about their depression and make people aware of the seriousness of this illness. I would like to tell my story and would like to pass on the tapes to those affected and those who take this condition seriously. I am very happy to support your campaign and hope that acceptance increases. Best regards"

“I have struggled with depression myself for years. I had it under control for a while, went to various therapy options and had a little time to devote to my hobby. Unfortunately, times were not easy. I spent a few years in a dormitory. Of course, sooner or later the people around me, especially students, got wind of it and teased me about it. Whether my parents gave me away because I was such a bitch. I was abused. I was 12 and felt like my life was already over. Children can be cruel. Very cruel. I tried to get over it, but the older I got, the worse the thoughts became. At some point I really realized what had happened and jumped. I didn't want to be in a world like this anymore. In a world where “He” didn’t even have to serve a sentence while I tortured myself through years of hell. That's not fair. I survived, three times. Then I realized that fate had a destiny for me, my life was far from over. So I got up again and again and fought my way back to life. I found a new job, turned my hobby into a career and now I'm sitting here writing this text. It wasn't easy for me, I experienced a lot and it took a long time before I could really enjoy my life. I'm 24 now, the darkness has been with me for 12 years. I've learned to live with it, even if it's not always easy. Now I want to be there for people. People who maybe have no one, like I had no one. People who feel ashamed, like I did. People who have already given up on their lives, like I once had. This is my purpose. I somehow managed it, and I'm proud of it. Thank you for your great campaign?”

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I need help! Whom can I contact?

It's a big step to admit to yourself that you have a mental illness. But it is the most important step because it is the first. Now you are ready to get help.

The first point of contact is usually your family doctor. Many family doctors are well versed in the treatment of depression and can work with you on the further path to therapy with a psychotherapist.

Unfortunately, this often doesn't work. In most regions, the number of those affected significantly exceeds the capacity of the existing therapists. And so, if in doubt, you have to wait many months for a treatment center, even though quick help is so much needed.

At this point we would like to offer a selection of alternative help centers that you may find in the city or municipality and that you can turn to.

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