‘Just please don’t judge me…’ Those the words of someone who has suffered, on and off, for all her adult life with depression. It makes me sad to think there’s still such a stigma attached to mental health issues; that we all so often feel we need to hide our distress, our anger, our fear. As meaning-making human beings, judging others is unavoidable, but what we make of those judgements is very much within our control. I believe we all long to not be judged harshly; to be accepted, understood and valued. So perhaps we can use that longing within us to respond with compassion and open-mindedness to others, even when we don’t really understand what they are going through.