Being honest is almost always the best coarse of action on a CV. if you lie on a CV there's always the chance it'll catch up to you and if it does it'll bring your trust into question.
I never want to see "because" on a resume or CV. It has no place there. You should treat your CV as if you are both product and salesman. Your CV is something between an advertisement and spec sheet. That said no excuses or negative stuff should be there.
When you have something that might not be perceived in a good light you might as well own up to it. In your case the real story would be the best sell to me. We all know $%@# happens and you dealt with it. That's a respectable thing. The market being crap... yeah... Unimpressed... I'd rather you told me you took a break for 6 months as sort of a sabbatical than give me an excuse.
With your CV keep in mind I have one goal in hiring. I want to acquire the best talent I can ascertain for whatever sum of money I intend to pay. Simply put, best long term ROI.
You want to make your entire CV to make you seem like a better investment to me. 8 month gap? I honestly wouldn't even mention it until the interview. I personally have not known people to hold gaps against their candidates so long as they aren't currently unemployed.
What matters is when I interview you what you say when I inevitably ask about that gap. Taking ownership of your actions for better or worse is always a better sell than skirting the issue. (I need to trust you, and one of those things is when you make a mistake that you handle it professionally. Demonstrating that is a very valuable thing in an interview)
When gaps hurt
Gaps themselves rarely hurt... Essentially if you have 10 years of experience with a one year gap in the middle, I'll ask why, but mostly I'm just looking for a red flag like "I was fed up with ...",or "I just didn't feel like working", etc. Stuff like "I wanted to go see the world while I was young" or "I took time off to learn skills I felt would benefit me in the future" or "I wanted to spend time with my family", etc are all perfectly acceptable responses I wouldn't hold against you.
In those cases I'd read it all as "they have 10 years working experience".
Now the catch is if you're currently in a gap. If you've not been working 8 months and I'm your first job coming back into the work force I'm going to ask a lot more questions. Still all the same reasons are find, but I need to make sure in the gap your skills haven't regressed or your work ethics haven't changed. (which does happen)
Many times when people take a lot of time off it's to reflect, pursue skills and opportunities, etc. Often this involves a shift in priorities that are typically good for the individual, but sometimes those changes are bad for me as the employer. Case and point, before reflection a person might consider their career top priority. Show ambition, attention to detail, and always put in the extra mile to see things through. After reflection this person shifts their priorities in finding more fulfilling outlets for their time and make work a low priority item. Their work isn't bad perse, but they aren't the ambitious go getter they were before taking time to themselves.
(This is not a bad thing, I'd rather have a clock watcher who does honest work and is happy then someone miserable who slaves away at a desk day in and out)