I have been a mental health advocate for just over one year. I’ve been blogging, tweeting, and speaking publicly for NAMI. I’ve been invited to attend a conference for online advocates of chronic illnesses, interviewed for podcasts and radio shows, and have been published or quoted in several publications.
Several months ago, I decided that I wanted to do more. I’m in the process of producing a new podcast: The Depression Files. I believe that men experience depression differently. There is often a belief (including by men themselves) that men need to just “be tough” or “pull themselves up by their bootstraps”. Men aren’t “supposed” to talk about their feelings. These stereotypes and this stigma make it more difficult for men to face their depression. Men tend to isolate themselves and are less likely to reach out for the help they need.
I hope that the podcast helps to educate those who have never experienced depression. Depression isn’t just feeling sad. In fact, sometimes sadness isn’t even the feeling at all. It’s been described by many as a feeling of numbness. Hear stories that give a first-hand perspective on how it feels to go through some of the very challenging times of depression and just how debilitating it can be.
I also hope that the podcast gives hope to those who may be struggling currently with depression. These are stories of hope. Stories of living with depression. Managing depression. Overcoming depression.