Day 1598: Silence sucks

There’s a new ad campaign in Boston: “Silence sucks.”

Do you think that silence sucks?  Always?  If not always, when?

I believe that silence sucks when there’s

  • injustice,
  • danger,
  • pain, or
  • the need for help.

Here are two examples of the “Silence Sucks” ad campaign:



It sucks that I couldn’t get better photos of those yesterday. The tagline on those posters is:

When it comes to postpartum depression (PPD)


I noticed “Silence Sucks” yesterday because

Here’s a video about postpartum depression that doesn’t suck.

It doesn’t suck that

  • my son is home for the summer,
  • I’m getting a 5-year award at work this morning,
  • I’m facilitating a therapy group after that, and
  • I’m seeing my therapist this afternoon.

You know what else wouldn’t suck?  A comment from you.

Non-silent thanks to all who helped me create this post and — of course! — to YOU.

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26 thoughts on “Day 1598: Silence sucks

  1. Barb

    Congrats on your 5 year award; that doesn’t suck!

  2. Life doesn’t suck when your son is home, you get awards and you have thousands of engaged followers on your blog.

  3. Speak out when it’s needed, as you do here, my friend Ann.

  4. That’s a powerful campaign!! Its sound like today isn’t sucky at all. Enjoy it Ann 💕

  5. Today definitely doesn’t sound sucky! And yes, a powerful campaign. ❤

  6. The ONLY time silence doesn’t suck is when you have nothing good to say…but you Ann always have something good! Congrats on your award ma’am!

  7. Gertrude Stein once said, “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” But the real key to common sense is information, and as much of it as possible. No problem has ever been solved by ignorance, and I’m surprised Stein didn’t realize that. After all she knew that a rose is a rose is a rose.

  8. I agree that silence can suck. And that as Americans we stay silent way too often. Take now for instance…given the stuff going on in DC. But on a more personal level, sometimes silence is good, as in later today when the dog and I go camping in the woods looking for a little relief from all the political stuff.

  9. I hope that your whole day is wonderful and that Aaron is enjoying a vacation at home.

  10. It never, ever, sucks here.

  11. Congrats.

  12. Over the course of the last 100 days, the whole world has been put on notice, that silence sucks. Voices of reason matter now more than ever, and it is time to speak up. Enjoy having your son home for the summer. Agree – that doesn’t suck at all.

  13. I had postpartum depression and anxiety after my son was born a little over a year ago. Wow it was tough, and it was incredibly hard to talk about then. I am so thankful for people in my life who were willing to share their struggles with me. So now I am sharing my story too in hopes it helps someone else. Silence definitely sucks.

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