Posted February 07, 2018 12:02:23 When my wife and I had our first child in 2016, we talked about our mental illness and how our health issues were being managed.
At the time, we felt like we were finally at peace with our condition, and we knew we had the strength to deal with it.
We also knew we were not alone.
About a year after our daughter was born, I got a call from a doctor in a nearby city who told me that a man with a history of depression had recently committed suicide.
My heart sank.
But I knew we would be able to deal.
I began to think of ways to share my feelings with my husband and to share what we had done to survive.
I found that we could talk about our depression openly, and my husband felt less alone in his feelings.
We could discuss the illness, and he felt more comfortable about it.
I knew that I could find a support network in the form of a friend who had a similar story.
In our small rural community, the men with mental illness have a lot of support, and I found it comforting to connect with a woman who knew.
The conversation started with an acknowledgement that we were dealing with something that we both know was out of our control.
It was important for us to share our struggles and learn from each other’s stories.
My husband and I are not alone, but we have been able to find each other.
We have each other to talk to, and that has made it easier to talk openly about our problems and share our experiences.
I found the courage to share the stories of our husband and wife in a letter to the editor for the newspaper, The Morning Call.
It went viral and I was told I was an inspiration.
The letter was also shared by more than 500 friends and colleagues.
It inspired me to write a follow-up article to share with my readers how I came to write this piece.
We are not always the first to come forward with stories of mental illness.
Many of us have had the courage and courage to speak up about our experiences, especially when we know that other people do not.
I want you to know that it is not uncommon for people to seek support from other people or from a support group, and when we do, we often learn that others share our experience and help us.
In the last two years, I have learned a lot about what mental health means to me and how to support myself.
I know that my husband, father and sons share similar struggles and that I am in the same boat.
My hope is that as I work on my recovery, I will be able for my children and my wife to be able too.
Read the full article from the Morning Call on the Huffington Post.
About the author: Erin McQueary is a journalist based in Portland, Oregon, where she covers the arts, business and education.
She graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2018.