Having a Mental Illness and Being West Indian

Being West Indian/Caribbean is a special thing, our people are culturally bonded regardless of their island (though they can also be relentlessly patriotic). We share a common history, similar foods, similar music, beautiful beaches, beautiful people, similar upbringings (broughtupsy), a similar timeline of immigration to North America...and well we also share the same prejudices, same … Continue reading Having a Mental Illness and Being West Indian

One of the most embarrassing stages of my depression

Ok, obviously there are a lot of things about your mental illness you could be embarrassed/ashamed about, especially when it comes to anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts and of course the big one, suicidal ideation (which no one really wants to admit, who wants to tell people that?). And if it were a perfect world we … Continue reading One of the most embarrassing stages of my depression

I think it is so incredible that the Internet has allowed people to express themselves, especially when they are dealing with unique circumstances. Watch this beautiful video logging a young women's battle with not only Trichotillomania (classified as an ICD which is similar to OCD) but depression as well. This is the change I believe our … Continue reading

Breaking MY Silence on Suicide | My Interview with KSL

I’ve read Seth Adam Smith’s story and he’s making huge headway on reaching others. It definitely spoke to me and I’ll keep it in mind as I continue on my journey!

Seth Adam Smith

My wife practically forced me to press play. I watched most of it through a raised glass, distorting all of the images.

I’m not too comfortable being on camera, unless I think I’m funny. And suicide isn’t funny.

In any case, my interview for KSL’s special on suicide is now online. You can watch it by clicking here.

I’ve had a lot of incredible feedback. My life is filled with wonderful, supportive family and friends. I was particularly touched to see dozens of my friends share the link to my story on Facebook.

After reading all of the comments (some of them from people who are currently struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts), I’ve decided to write a faith-based book on recovery from depression and suicide. It’s time to shine the light on the darkness.

On a humorous note, probably my favorite comment came from Bob Pettit, the husband…

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