Throughout October 2016, we will be fundraising to Keep HeadsUpGuys Going and sharing stories of recovery and practical tips from men who have fought and overcome depression.
"Reach out and seek help. Be honest about your illness with yourself and your family, friends, and colleagues."
About Keith Anderson:
I am a lawyer who had depression. I now write and speak on my journey through mental illness. I founded Worth Living Mental Health Consulting & Apparel to present my message of hope and inspiration. The words Worth Living come from my first public declaration about my depression, an article I wrote for the National Post in 2008, called “How I Returned to a Life Worth Living”. I celebrate my life now.
I was diagnosed with severe depression on March 7, 2003. My career was gone as a result on March 11. I had a mental breakdown later that evening. Not my best week. But being diagnosed and then having a breakdown saved my life, as suicide was beginning to be a more regular consideration.
My wanting to get well
Accept that you have an illness. The words “mental illness” are not scary. You are not your illness, you have an illness. Reach out and seek help. Be honest about your illness with yourself and your family, friends, and colleagues.
This is a difficult comment, but you should expect some people not to accept that you have a mental illness. The stigma, or discrimination which is the word I prefer to use, is very prevalent. People will walk away from you, some will abandon you. Your own health is the focus though, ignore those who refuse to try to understand or accept your illness.
– Keith Anderson, lawyer and founder of WorthLiving based out of Nova Scotia, Canada