When Chris contacted me about being a part of his project, Dealing with Depression, I was so excited. Then, I wondered if I was qualified to help. Finally, I realized that…unfortunately…yes, I am absolutely qualified.
My name is Jennifer Michelle Jones, and I have dealt with depression for years; my whole life, actually. I’ve been depressed for so long, in fact, that I don’t even know what it feels like to not suffer from mental illness. It creates a tremendous about of chaos and stress in my life, but it’s my life and I’m going to keep trying to live it…even if it kills me.
My family history is filled with depression. The worst case of depression in my family hit my maternal grandfather two years before I was born. He committed suicide when my mother was just 14 years old. Let me tell you…that sort of thing leaves a scar on the entire family. Not just for a little while, but for a long, long, long, long time.
At my blog, Writing Realities, I write a bit about depression. I’ve written many characters who probably suffer one or more mental illnesses. I have also touched on this topic before on my other blog, Writing Compulsion, where I wrote under my former married name, Jennifer Welch.
As of today, my writing on depression or other mental illnesses will be limited to the Dealing with Depression project in an effort to help my friend Chris. I hope that my writings will be part of the change Chris is hoping to make. As I said to him recently, small change IS change…so even this small change might be enough to do some greater good in someone’s life.
God bless you all. If you need a friend, I am here. My personal email (checked every single day, several times a day) is firstname.lastname@example.org and you are more than welcome to email any time, day or night, about any topic. Just don’t try to go at this depression monster alone! Stand with us to fight against those demons.
Even if you just want a friend to talk to so you can pretend you’re not depressed for a while, I understand and I’m here for you. Reach out today if you’re thinking about hurting yourself. Reach out if you’re afraid for someone you love. Reach out if you’re happy and having a good mental health day. I want to know you! Let’s fight the fight together. There’s power in numbers!
Jennifer Michelle Jones