Smiling Depression


Hiding depression is to be alone with it.

Smiling depression is a term used to describe individuals who appear happy and put together on the outside but are actually struggling with depression on the inside. Despite their smiles and outward appearance, they may be dealing with feelings of sadness, emptiness, and fatigue. It is important to recognise and support those who may be experiencing smiling depression, as they may be hesitant to seek help due to the perception that they are “fine”.

With this artwork we ask people to consider what they would get out of hiding their depression, besides just ending up alone with the depression. It subconsciously places the opposite action to hiding a depression in the viewers mind, and does so without placing blame or pointing fingers.

View the “Smiling Depression” artwork here on YouTube.

Mental health awareness is crucial for understanding and addressing the challenges individuals face regarding their emotional and psychological well-being. Our focus with this artwork is to promote mental health awareness, so that we can assist psychiatrists, physiologists and everyone else working tirelessly to fight the stigma associated with mental health. We wish to increase understanding and provide resources and support for everyone helping those seeking help. We’ve created the Mental Health line of artworks to support you to empower your patients to take better care of themselves and seek (or continue) proper treatment, leading to a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Available as poster, canvas print, rollup banner and digital print-it-yourself PDF file. Browse the image gallery and zoom in to view details of the various options for this artwork, incl. sizes, product type, optional logo placement and the ten language versions!

⚠️ The rollup banner version is designed for customisation with your clinic’s logo, website, address and phone number. The square digital PDF and square canvas print has options to add logo and website. Contact us at if you have any questions.