Sharing stories of recovery and practical tips from men who have fought depression.
"The power of peer support changed my life."
I am a conscious creator and connector – an intentional multi-hyphenate. I show up in the world as a Writer/Producer, a Lived Experience Expert and Mental Health Spokesperson and most recently as a partner, VP of Brand & Impact for the tethr app (a mobile, peer enabled mental health and well-being platform for men).
More personally, as someone who lost my brother to cancer, found my father after his suicide and then was in a fatal accident killing a dear friend and leaving me relearning to walk, love, operate and make sense of the world – I encourage everyone to seek a support system with attention to their wellbeing before a life event deems it necessary.
I tried so many treatment opportunities to work through the depression that stemmed from my compounded grief process and the PTSD from two traumatic events. I am often heard saying that what worked – was everyone and everything. A combination of having a mentor, professional medical help, meditation, holistic modalities but when things truly started to change was when I joined peer support programs.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT REALLY HELPED?
Having a Mentor
The Power of Peer Support
Finding Purpose and Looking for ways to Support Other Men
Find one person you can talk to about your mental wellbeing. The power of peer support changed my life. Create a safe space where you can talk about your mental health journey that doesn’t only consist of discussing and championing the harder moments, but also the tiny breakthroughs.
My biggest advice whether it comes to grief, depression or PTSD is “honour the journey.” Whatever you are feeling, whenever you are feeling it – honour it – name it, feel it, chat about it, normalize the fact that you are a fully feeling human being that is designed to heal one day at a time.
– Addison Brasil, Writer/Producer, Lived Experience Expert, Mental Health Spokesperson, partner and VP of Brand & Impact tethr, Los Angeles, CA, USA